A year ago I was flying out of Baltimore to SF. There were two security
guards at the security gate. I went through the gate and my large metal belt
buckle and a single car key in my pocket set off the metal
detector.. "Step to the side". This security man
was the most surly, gruffest guard I have ever experienced going tjrough a lot
of airports. The key and buckle were easily passed. But then he saw my
pump on my belt. "What's that?" "An Insulin
pump." "What's it do?" " It pumps insulin into
my body on a continues basis." "Where's that wire go? "
He saw the tubing from the pump going under my shirt. I opened the
pump back to show him the reservoir with the insulin. "Is that
a shot thing?" "No this the reservvoir to hold the insulin
that goes into my body all the time instead of me having to take shots of
insulin. Hay, let's call your supervisor and let me talk to him."
"No. That's all. You can go on through".
My wife greets me at the gate. I found these post cards
and they need to be postmarked from here. The mail box is out
side at the curb where the bus let us off. Out I go past
Security. Then back to the Security Gate. My belt buckle sets
off the alarm again. I try to go for the guard that has just passed me
through. The other Guard "NO, NO come over here."
"It's my belt buckle that off the alarm and I am a diabetic and
this is an insulin pump on my belt." "OH, So am I.'
He pulled his coat back to show his pump on his belt."
What model is your pump? Mine is a MiniMed 506. Oh You
have that new MiniMed the 507. Aren't they
great !" As I rushed off to get my plane I said
"Maybe sometime you could talk a little more to that other guard about
insulin pumps and diabetes"
Charles S... DM 46+