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Question DetailsAsked on 1/5/2017

Will copper leg wraps set off security at airports?

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Certainly should set off a metal detector, and also show up on a scanner - so if it does NOT set off an alarm I would be very worried about the effectiveness of TSA equipment. My suggestion avoid wearing them, take through in carry-on (check with TSA first if they will even allow them through), and I would suggest having some product info on the specific brand you have to show them if they question their legitimacy, because something like that (assuming the copper is embedded in fabric) is likely to raise their fears of it being a suicide bomber clothing bomb.

I know I was once carrying snake leggings in my carry-on heading to a field job (basically pretty similar to what you are talking about, but heavier/thicker), and they would not let them through until I cut a couple of the seams to show the only thing inside was copper mesh and kevlar - and this was BEFORE 9/11, when security was a lot less strict - so unless you feel you absolutely have to wear them on the flight, better to pack in your checked baggage AND put the product brochure in with them for bag inspectors to see.

And you might google about the recent Tommie Copper settlement with the FTC about fraudulent medical claims about copper-infused wraps and such - that there is no medical support for the theory that copper infused wraps or clothing do anything for your body - research and settlements show this is just another scam preying on gullible people. Remember, not everything you see or hear on TV (or the web) is true.

Also I would suggest doing a bit of reading up on leg wraps and tight compression bands and such, especially when sitting basically immobile for a long time like on a plane or at a desk job. Medical evidence shows that minor compression like top-of-calf or knee-high socks can help reduce leg swelling from blood "pooling" in that sort of situation, but even that can reduce capillary bloodflow. Tight wraps or undergarments can reduce circulation and promote blood clotting in the legs and such in that situation - there have been several recent articles and warnings from medical sources on an increase in stokes and heart attacks (from blocked arteries) and leg blood clot damage from people wearing tight leg wraps on long plane, bus, and train trips. Evidence actually started, as I remember first seeing it, back in the 60's when wraps for sports team members were used to limit swelling of abused muscles and joints and to restrain muscles/tendons to reduce sports-related injuries, and when chemical hot and cold wraps were first commonly available. I remember being warned about it by our team coaches WAYYYY back in high school, and we were not allowed to put on leg and joint wrapping until at the game location and had to take it off for the bus ride back home during away games.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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