My mother recently had a hip replacement, and the one time she went through security since then she set off the metal detector and had to have a pat down. That time she was with my daughter and daughter collected her belongings during the pat down. However, next month she'll be flying alone. She'll also be going through security in Seattle instead of our small regional airport (she was just escorting DD to the gate this last time so only went through here), so I expect security will be more chaotic. She's a nervous flyer anyway, so I want to give her some advice in advance.
I thought that you were allowed to request that TSA bring your belongings to you during a pat down. I even found a link to that on an old post here, but the link went to page not found and I can't find it anywhere on the TSA website.
Has anyone done this, and if so how did it work? Do they move you so you can see your belongings or bring your belongings to where they are doing the pat down? She's not requesting a private screening at this point, but she says she couldn't see the belongings from where they were patting her down (although she was also flustered by setting off the metal detector and having the pat down).
Should she request to be body scanned? It doesn't seem like a hip replacement would set off a body scanner. The TSA web site says you can request it if it is "in use and available at the checkpoint." tsa.gov/traveler-information/metal-implants I don't know if that means there has to be one there or if there has to be a line that is using it. At our airport they usually don't have many people going through security so usually people are either going through the metal detector or the body scanner but they're not normally using both at the same time.
Thanks for any advice and suggestions.