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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 06:24 AM   21
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Well if there is not other way, i would pretend i was ill!! Either that or just bite the bullet and swear him to secrecy. He has no right to tell anyone else. At the end of the day, its better that people know than risk going through something that has the potential to harm your baby...its either that or pull a sicky! x



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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 06:28 AM   22
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Well, you clearly don't know what you are talking about and are scare mongering. As I stated, you are not allowed to refuse to go through the scanners at Heathrow (or Manchester actually) and will not be allowed to fly if you refuse to go through. If you don't believe me, look on the Heathrow website I have linked, it tells you as much.

Also, as the link to the website of The Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstericians shows, Emission levels are 10,000 times lower than those given out by a mobile phone. I suspect the RCOG know a bit more about it than your Mum.

I can assure you, a terrorist with a bomb or knife on your flight is far more of a risk to your baby than airport scanners. They don't use them for a laugh, they use them because they deem them necessary for security.
Exactly my earlier point!! Any female security is welcome to full body search me if I don't go through a scanner!! The thought of my plane blowing up midair is far more scarier than getting frisked for security purposes!! There's no way anyone should be allowed to refuse theses security measures else what's the point!!



 
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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 06:30 AM   23
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Well, you clearly don't know what you are talking about and are scare mongering. As I stated, you are not allowed to refuse to go through the scanners at Heathrow (or Manchester actually) and will not be allowed to fly if you refuse to go through. If you don't believe me, look on the Heathrow website I have linked, it tells you as much.

Also, as the link to the website of The Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstericians shows, Emission levels are 10,000 times lower than those given out by a mobile phone. I suspect the RCOG know a bit more about it than your Mum.

I can assure you, a terrorist with a bomb or knife on your flight is far more of a risk to your baby than airport scanners. They don't use them for a laugh, they use them because they deem them necessary for security.
Exactly my earlier point!! Any female security is welcome to full body search me if I don't go through a scanner!! The thought of my plane blowing up midair is far more scarier than getting frisked for security purposes!! There's no way anyone should be allowed to refuse theses security measures else what's the point!!

But you cant refuse the scanner, in the UK, ...thats the point. Pregnant or not.



 
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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 06:40 AM   24
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Well there does seem to be disagreement about the levels of radiation and safety. It seems to be one of those grey areas where the levels "shouldn't" harm your baby but if there is even th tiniest risk that it will then I'll opt out. I'd go through the invasive pat down any day, even if unpleasant. As long as it isn't a man groping me!

And I agree that in principle I'd rather the scans were done to make flights safer - I just wish there were measures in place for such situations - not all pregnant women can happily announce it out loud and sometimes it is very sensitive.

For my situation sadly a sickie is looking like the best option.

thanks for all the advice!



 
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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 06:57 AM   25
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In the USA, you can refuse a scan and opt for a patdown. Thankfully, we won't be going through Heathrow ever on our flights to California. There is a lot of debate about the actual amount of radiation put out by these scanners. There was research done by the University of California, San Francisco about it.



 
Old Nov 21st, 2010, 07:32 AM   26
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Found this:

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnanc...reeningexpert/

Safety First
One of the biggest concerns for many pregnant women is whether or not it is safe to walk through the airport metal detectors. The answer is ABSOLUTELY! These machines are not x-ray machines and will cause absolutely no harm to you or your baby.

and this:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...rt-scanners.do



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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 07:35 AM   27
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But you cant refuse the scanner, in the UK, ...thats the point. Pregnant or not.
Actually, according to this, you can!

The British Airports Authority said passengers are free to refuse the X-Ray. But if they do, they will then have to be hand-searched.



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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 07:42 AM   28
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Metal detectors and the x-ray screeners are two different methods though



 
Old Nov 21st, 2010, 07:42 AM   29
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Scare mongering? Every person, let alone a pregnant woman has the right to refuse these full body scans! It's not just about being pregnant, it's about our rights!

Don't comment and accuse me of something that is certainly not true! Freedom of information, remember?
Yes, you can refuse, but in the mentioned UK airports, you will not be allowed to fly.

You will be exposed to far more raditation during your flight than you would be exposed to from a body scanner, so why aren't you concerned about flying too?

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But you cant refuse the scanner, in the UK, ...thats the point. Pregnant or not.
Actually, according to this, you can!

The British Airports Authority said passengers are free to refuse the X-Ray. But if they do, they will then have to be hand-searched.
That's odd, because BAA Heathrow's own website says the following:

"Can passengers choose to be screened by an alternative method?

If selected for body scanning, you will not be offered an alternative method of screening. Refusal to be screened will result in you not being allowed to travel. We appreciate that this may appear harsh, but it is necessary in order to maintain security levels."



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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 07:43 AM   30
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Midori, they don't mention an exception for pregnant women though. If I was not pregnant, I wouldn't refuse.



 

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