On a recent trip through airport security, I was stuck behind a very nice elderly woman. You could tell that she doesn’t travel often, so I tried to be patient. She carefully placed all of her belongings in the bins, lining up each thing. Not totally sure why she was being so precise, I kept an eye on her while getting out my own things. The last thing she did was take off her glasses and put them in a bin. I was about to say something when she stepped away to go through the machine. Unfortunately, when the woman was gathering her stuff on the other side, she couldn’t find her glasses. And I could tell that she wanted to get them on first, before picking up her other items. Once I got through the metal detector I helped her locate them, and with a word of thanks off she went. When I made a comment to one of the TSA agents, she said that infrequent fliers often take off their glasses, and also their rings. “It can get really messy trying to find rings, that’s for sure,” she said.
So for those of you who aren’t flying as often, don’t worry. You don’t have to take off your glasses or your rings! My glasses are made of some kind of metal and go just fine through the metal detector and the body scanner. And I have never taken off my rings, ever. Better to keep those important things as close as possible! Especially since they don’t pose any sort of security threat.