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September 07, 2016

A Cyst Misinterpreted on Airport Scan as Security Threat

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  • 1Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Marlton, New Jersey

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JAMA Dermatol. Published online September 7, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3329

Given the recent airport terrorist bombings in Brussels and Istanbul, security is of paramount concern. Benign dermatologic lesions may trigger suspicion for contraband.

An airport traveler had a 1.5-cm epidermal inclusion cyst detected by an airport scanning device prompting a personally invasive security search for hidden explosives. Subsequently, the traveler obtained a medically explanatory letter to present to airport security agents on future journeys.

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