Will Wearing Your Rocks Get You Strip Searched?
What about your jewelry and airport security? Can you wear your good stuff? And that big costume watch when you go through airport security?
Do you worry that all the gold and platinum in your rings will set off the alarms and get you strip searched in a dingy back room by some Neanderthal with thick, hairy hands?
Not a pleasant thought.
Should You Put Your Good Jewelry in Your Checked Baggage or Carry-On?
Do not put your favorite gold and platinum jewelry in your checked baggage. If they lose your suitcase you’ll be so sad.
After a bit of research, this Goleta Jeweler did and an interesting email from my client Lorrie, I’ve discovered that you are better off travelling with your nice jewelry than stacking on the costume jewelry. Really? Yup!
Gold and Platinum are Not Magnetic
The security system at airports is among other things looking for magnetic metals.
You are more likely to set off the alarm wearing cheap costume jewelry, frequently made with magnetic metals, than fine gold and platinum jewelry.
It is often advised that you leave your fine gold and platinum jewelry on your person as it is unlikely to cause the security system to react.
Leave Your Large Costume Jewelry in Your Carry-on Bag
Because many of the costume jewelry metals are magnetic it’s better not to wear them through security and then have to take them off. Put your costume jewelry in your carry-on bag.
If your carry-on bag sets off an alarm it’s easy for the security personnel to look inside and see at a glance what is setting it off instead of having you remove all of your jewelry.
What the Security Guards Say
What did the screeners themselves have to say about your jewelry and airport security? One screener said the small amounts of metal in a ring won’t set off the alarms and at any rate, to never put your good jewelry on the conveyor belt. It could fall off and get lost.
Another screener at another airport said to never remove your jewelry, period. Another suggested putting your belt and any larger costume watches in your carry-on bag. Normally, this won’t set off the flashing red lights and obnoxious buzzers.
If it does and your bag gets searched, hopefully the guards will quickly see the offending object was your big costume jewelry watch and not a homemade bomb.
Your Underwire Bra is More Likely to Set off Alarms Than Your Jewelry
What might set off the alarm is your under-wire bra. That and other advice is in “What Not to Wear: How to Speed Through Airport Security”
Fly the Friendly Skies With Your Calla Gold Jewelry!
As for me and travelling, I’ll keep wearing my good jewelry!
So I ask you, good readers, what’s been your experience?