travel & accessibility Passing Airport Security “I’ve found that wearing the right shoes makes a big difference.” Single-Handedly II was in line waiting to pass 18 inMotion Volume 24, Issue 4 July | August 2014 by Eric Westover through airport security when I heard the woman behind me say, “You need three hands to get through security nowadays.” She didn’t see I only have one hand. I smiled at the comment because I don’t find it that hard. It might take me an extra minute, but unzipping bags, removing jackets and taking out a laptop is easily done with one hand. I have a three- inch below-elbow nub that is useful. I fly often enough (speaking, amputee soccer, consulting, etc.) to have created a system to share with other amputees: >> With a Hand and a Nub • Have a sense of humor and smile. • I never check bags, unless I fly internationally. • Grab two bins: one for my laptop, one for shoes, shades, belt, liquids in bag, etc. • My wallet goes in my laptop bag before I hit security (I keep my cash and ID in my pocket). • Everything goes in front of my suitcase; I use my suitcase to push everything forward. • Once I get through the screener, then I have time to reload all my stuff (my suitcase takes the longest to screen, so it goes in last). • Sometimes I pack my prosthesis; when I do, I know the look on the X-ray machine operator’s face when they see the metal and straps.
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