Security is getting tighter all over the world and as a result you may be running into more metal detectors than ever. Federal buildings, schools and airports are the most common places to experience metal detectors and their counter-part; long lines!
In order to ensure a speedy trip through the metal detector so you can get on with your day it is important to understand how metal detectors work. In the simplest terms, a metal detector uses an electromagnetic force to detect all types of metal. It is a safe and effective method of detecting materials that can be used to make weapons and can therefor stop people from brining dangerous items into high traffic areas.
Unfortunately, we use metal in plenty of non-lethal products as well and therefor going through a metal detector can turn into a bit of a chore. It can be a bit cumbersome to make sure you will pass on the first time for sure. Here are a few tips that could help you make the most of things:
- Plan Ahead – most of the time you will know in advance that you will be encountering a metal detector so take steps ahead of time to ensure you won’t set it off. Know the rules on what is allowed and what is not and leave unnecessary items at home.
- Keep Shoes in Mind – many metal detector processes these days include you taking off your shoes so they can be properly x-rayed so wear comfortable shoes that are easy to take on and off.
- Avoid Metal – minimize the amount of metal you are carrying with you including jewelry, metal belt buckles, extra change, metal in clothing, cuff links, etc. Some metal cannot be avoided, just be prepared to remove it if possible or to let the operation know if there is something you cannot remove.
Use the time you are standing in line waiting to remove items and prepare for your own turn through the detector. Remember to remain calm and friendly when dealing with the operators, they are only doing their jobs!