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>> Wearing my Prosthesis • I follow the same steps above except I always take off my prosthesis and send it through so I don’t waste time with a wand, pat-down or sniffer. • It’s easier to send it through and just put it back on once Could you please ti e my shoes? Contact the Amputee Coalition at 888/267-5669 or amputee-coalition.org 19 I’m through security. • It is funny to see the belt screech to a halt – and knowing why! I just show my nub and tell them it’s mine with a smile. • I’ve been told my prosthesis looks like a lamp under the X-ray, which makes me think of the “leg lamp” in the movie A Christmas Story. I always get a chuckle out of that. >> Shoes In my travels, I’ve found that wearing the right shoes makes a big difference. I used to wear laced shoes and for a while I would make the TSA employees re-tie my shoes after I was through screening. You should’ve seen the look on their faces when they said I was through and I told them they weren’t and pointed to my shoes. It was priceless! Then I discovered a line of cool shoes with a lacing device called the Boa closure system, which consists of a wheel on the back or the side of the shoe that you pull out to loosen the laces and push in and turn to tighten. They’re the only thing I wear when I travel. Next time you hear someone say security is getting more difficult or you need three hands, you might say, “I know a guy with one arm and he manages just fine.” Keep up on up-to-date information at... amputee-coalition.org Photo provided by Boa Technology, Inc.


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