Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 19, 2017
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Is that a snow globe in your pocket?

The oddest items will set off alarms at airport security. If you want to breeze through the checkpoint — particularly at a US airport — make sure the following seemingly unsuspicious items are also not in your carry-on.

Foil wrappers. Such as those found in gum wrapping.

Retractable keys. The kind that pop out at the press of a button may look like mini knives in an X-ray image.

Snow globes. Apparently some people won’t leave home without their snow globe. The liquid contents of most globes surpasses the 100-ml limit. In October 2010, a part of Bradley International Airport in Connecticut was evacuated because of a snow globe.

Inhalers. Some inhalers violate the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels and aerosols (limit of 3.4 ounces/100 ml, packed in 1-litre-size, see-through, zip-top bag, one bag per passenger). To avoid problems, you and your patients should inform officers if you’re carrying an inhaler and ensure it’s properly labelled as a medication.

An underwire bra. If you don’t want to turn heads or entice giggles from the kids in the lineups, don’t be caught in the metal detector with an underwire bra.

Peanut butter. If you carry it on, make sure it’s just between two slices of bread. It’s similar to cream or toothpaste — in that it conforms to its container — and you may be pulled aside for having it in your bag.

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