In 2004, a Woman’s Steel Chastity Bell Set Off Airport Alarm Bells Like Crazy

Yana Bostongirl

In 2004, a British woman traveling for vacation set the airport security alarms ringing like crazy. Following a check, it was discovered that she was wearing a chastity belt made entirely of metal as a fidelity guarantee to her husband.

According to a report published by, the 40-year-old woman said her husband had forced her to wear it while she was in Greece. This is what airport police official Dimitris Tzouvaras had to say to AFP: "It happened a few days before Christmas. The metal detector went off and after a further check we found out she was wearing a chastity belt. The woman was allowed to fly on to London on the pilot's responsibility,"

This incident continues to make it to the top of the list of the strangest things discovered by airport security.

A chastity belt is basically a metal contraption that can be locked using a key. In Medieval times, when men went off to war or pilgrimage, the chastity belt was meant to ensure sexual fidelity and guarantee the wife would not stray when the husband was away. According to an article in, chastity belts could be made of leather or made of metal. Also, the design could have spikes on them to act as a deterrent. The article states that there is a chastity belt on display at the Science Museum in London that has a flower pattern on it to allow for defecation.

Although some consider the chastity belt more of a tasteless joke, this is an excerpt from the article that talks about how it is perceived today: "But even if chastity belts never existed in history, modern-day interest in the devices is very real. The belt had a starring role in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. And the definition of a chastity belt has shifted, as the devices remain a popular object in the BDSM community."

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