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Posted by liamcupra, on Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:34 am

Ok! abit of postivity here.. ive booked a trip to italy for a week.. but its the first time ive been on the hols since surgery.. what happends when they do a search on me and they feel the bag?? just dont want them thinking i have a bomb on me etc :/ anyone had any situations like this?? how do they tend do deal with it or will it just show up on the xray scanners and they are trained to reconginse such things..


cheers Smile

Reply by Alba, on Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:24 am

I personally have experienced no difficulties with my urostomy with regard to airport security and I have travelled extensively wordwide.  My worst experience (if you can call it that) was when a young man on security at Heathrow Airport emptied out my hand luggage in full view of other travellers which included my spare flanges etc and he demanded to kow what they were used for.  I was mildly embarrassed and he seemed slightly perpplexed but was happy enough with my explanation and let me through.

I have been through the 'naked' scanners and have held my breath but I have never been taken aside.  I frequently get 'patted down' going through the metal detector thing.  At first I used to worry that the official would feel my bag and I would be embarrassed or flustered.  However, every pat down I have received has taken seconds and to be honest, if they have felt the bag, they have not acted on it.  Now I am totally unconcerned with airport security on a personal level, I think this is a mixture of age and experience!  And if I do ever have to explain myself, well, it's better for the security officials to be safe rather than sorry.  I remind myself they are for the good of us all.  I have heard in the past of some sort of travel card for people with an ostomy - this gives information on the subject and can be presented to security staff to help with explanations.  I have never bothered with this.  I expect in this day and age security staff are aware of ostomies and have encourtered at least one?  

I hope the above brings you a bit of reassurance and hopefully you will get responses from people who have had more challenging times at airports, just to get both sides.  Most of all I hope you enjoy your trip to Italy.


Reply by liamcupra, on Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:51 am

thank you so much for the info! it wasnt the embarassing part which was an issue id be happy just to whip it out and explain as im not embarassed by it to be honest haha! just wanted to no what to expect as its unknown to me Smile where can i get a ostomy card from? might come in handy incase i get mardy hahahah! 

Reply by AlistairC, on Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:55 am

I've travelled quite a bit within the US since I've had my ostomy and there has never been a problem. It usually shows up on the xray thing, so they take me aside, ask me to touch the area where my pouch is then they do some test on my hands, only takes a couple minutes at best. Most of the security folks are pretty knowledgeable about it. I would assume it would be the same in Europe. I think the ostomy clinic gave me a card but I've never used it (don't even know where it is)

Happy Travels smile


Reply by Alba, on Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:16 pm

Ostomy declaration card uk


I googled the above and saw a link to Securicare near the top of the page.  This link gives info on the declaration card for people with ostomies.  I hope this helps.  

Reply by xnine, on Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:29 am

This is the one I use. It is in 5 languages. I have only used it once in Mexico.

Reply by liamcupra, on Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:55 am

i might go my doctors and ask him to write a letter Smile will my output be much hire if im in a foreign country??

Reply by Missymo, on Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:36 pm

I was scared stiff the 1st time I flew! Buts can get.a card in 4 different languages from your stoma people to the airport. You.l be.fine.

Reply by snowy100, on Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:17 pm

I have only flown in the USA, but most times they don't find my bag.  I have a urostomy bag and I usually have to tell them I have it.  A couple of times I just kept my mouth shut.  They don't seem to find it when they pat you down.  I only tell them so I won't ge hurt.  Good Luck and enjoy your trip.


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Reply by Past Member, on Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:46 pm

Snowy100 - You can ask for a private room for the pat down and search if needs be. Because it does appear to the TSA that you are perhaps hiding something, they will ask to search you more thoroughly. No need for any stress, just be ready for the request if/when it happens! With me that is 100% of the time.

P.S. we went to Rome/Florence a few years ago. It was the trip of a lifetime for us. Enjoy!

Reply by Kathy, on Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:48 pm

 I went to Europe in August, and in Munich I knew I would have a problem as they only had the full body scanners. I asked to be taken to a private area, where 2 young girls were completely  unfamiliar with my appliance.. Very frustrating.  There is a form you can download from the ostomy society but I do not know what good it would do if nobody understands English.  just be prepared and don't let is spoil your trip. If they have the regular scanners you will be fine, but I expect things are on high alert these days.


Reply by Percy, on Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:01 pm

I had the full body scan at Baltimore airport and no one said a word about my ostomy but sent me over to be pasted down. Male about 30 and female that looked barely old enough to drink. I let them know I had ostomy and the male was just, oh ok. we've had a few come through. He turned behind him to let female know and she had the most disgusted look on her face. I told her that nothing gross was going to touch her but she might  want to look for a new line of work because I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE!

Reply by Shitbag, on Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:22 am

It is a bomb! Have'nt you hab a blow up yet?

Reply by JudiA, on Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:59 am

this has been my experience as well - they had me touch the bag area then used some sort of scanner to detect bomb making stuff. I thought they acted more embarassed than me!

Reply by Penguins7, on Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:36 pm

I fly frequetly and until recently i have had no issues.  During my last flight they did the normal procedure with me touching my pouch area and then scan my hand with a material and then put in machine to test.  This time they said it tested positive, which i dont beleive and i was taken into a private room by two securuty personell for a search.  I think the search was a training session for the new securty person.  Anyway for the most part i have had no issues.  Penguins7

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