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RE: [IPk] metal detectors

thanks for your tales of travel. they put a smile on my face this
morning. Glad to hear your travels went well. julette :)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	email @ redacted [SMTP:email @ redacted]
> Sent:	10 August 2000 11:20
> To:	email @ redacted
> Subject:	[IPk] metal detectors
> Having just read about successful attempts at walking with the pump
> through
> metal detectors, I'd just like to relay my own  recent experiences.
> 1) Scene: Gatwick airport May 2000, first time out with pump,
> departure
> controls chukkabloc with passengers. Pump clipped to belt, as always
> when
> travelling, so no need to take trousers down in case anything happens.
> Walk
> through detector, no problem, but - hey presto! - get challenged by
> keen
> 7ft member of security staff  of  the "I'm the biz" sort, the little
> black
> box hasn't escaped his Sherlock Holmes eyesight and by golly he's in
> no
> mood for joking.
> Security staff barks at me, don't understand a word, politely ask him
> to
> repeat, at which point I discern a howling growl sounding more or less
> like:
> "hey!xcusemesirwossatyougot'ere?"
> and he points his finger at the pump."It's an insulin pump" I reply.
> Take
> off the pump, show him the words "insulin pump" on the back, reservoir
> etc.
> "xcusemesir,neve'eardofit" followed by a
> "hozitwork?hozitwork?Showmehozitworks"
> To my amazement he was quite content when I pressed "sel"  and showed
> him
> my last bolus. His expression changed, his language became less canine
> and
> more intelligible, and then I clearly heard "Thank you very much sir,
> sorry
> to keep you. Have a nice journey". Well I'll be ...!
> 2) Scene: airport  in Grece, return flight. Walk through detector,
> alarm
> goes off vigorously. Get stopped by customs police who speak little
> else
> but Greek. Empty pockets, walk through detector again, goes off again.
> Well, err, it must be the pump then. Try to explain but communication
> scarce. No doctor's note to describe my gimmick, staff's gestures make
> it
> clear they're intending to search me and their fingers pointed at the
> pump
> suggest they want me to take it off. Rats what's the word for doctor
> in
> Greek? Don't know, but hey ... yes, I'll  mention the name of the
> founding
> father of medicine himself, good ol' Hippocrates, of glorious  Greek
> lineage, that might just work ... Hippocrates! Hippocrates!
> Hippocrates!
> And you, keep yer bloody hands away from my pump ... By golly  ....
> Something's happening ... Err, well,  they're probably going to arrest
> me
> now ...  But no, look!  It  actually *worked*! They do have a doctor
> in the
> airport, there he is, and he speaks French! *And* he understands what
> the
> pump is!!! All solved ... phoowee ... even  get treated to a generous
> shot
> of Ouzo before boarding. (no effect on bg btw)
> 3) Scene: Rome airport, July 2000, genteel policewoman at security
> control
> politely asks me to "take off the mobile phone" from my belt before
> walking
> through detector. "It's an insulin pump, I'm afraid I can't take it
> off".
> "Oh, I'm so sorry, I thought it was a phone but I guess I should have
> asked. It doesn't look like the one my daughter wears, I thought there
> was
> only one pump  model on the market ..."
> And so the stories go. The lessons for me were 1)  to get a note from
> my
> consultant explaining about the pump; 2) It's best to tuck the pump
> out of
> sight (but in an easily reachable place) while travelling; and  3)
> "Hippocrates" is as good a word as any for "doctor" in Greek.
> Best
> Franco
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