A traveler with a bulge in their body from a cyst or
hernia might get flagged for an invasive airport
security screening to look for explosives.
Given the recent airport terrorist bombings in
Brussels and Istanbul, security is of paramount
concern. Benign dermatologic lesions may trigger
suspicion for contraband.
One female traveler with a common type of skin cyst
was flagged for a hidden explosive search at a U.S.
airport, her physician, Dr. Warren Heymann, a
researcher at Cooper Medical School of Rowan
University in Camden, New Jersey, notes in the
'...I would suggest that people be aware that this
could happen to them if they have prominent lesions
on their skin. Just knowing that should alleviate
any anxiety. Having a letter from a physician noting
the presence of a cyst, hernia, or other lesion
might help, but understandably, the TSA agent may
still wish to perform a pat down and a swipe for
contraband. Mutual understanding and respect should
allow the screening process to go smoothly.'
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A Cyst Misinterpreted on Airport Scan as Security
Dermatology Insights and Inquiries
Warren R. Heimann, MD