RSI arms and security devices

Question: My son suffers from bilateral tenosynovitis, and most definitely does not want to be slapped around and patted down by security guards at airports or Eurostar metal detector gates. Trouble is, he almost always sets the alarm off. This latest time, at Eurostar Waterloo: pockets emptied, jacket off, down to T-shirt, and the detector run over his bare arms was STILL indicating metal. Arms never broken, no metal inserts no watch…
Queries:

  • Is this in any way related to the tenosynovitis?
  • Do other people have this problem?
  • What do other sufferers and travelers do to avoid getting patted down and otherwise (perhaps) roughly handled?
  • A friend suggests that the Voltarol cream he uses probably contains metal and it is that which is setting off the device.

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