Stay Safe. Implant Your Travel Card In Your Hand. Really?

Travelling is one of life’s great joys. But its biggest downside is the potential risks that a traveler can be exposed to. As a travel insurance company we deal with our share of customers whose trip has gone wrong for some reason. So we’re always interested in stories about people who take steps to protect themselves and who might offer an example to others.

We think we found one in Australia but we’re not sure whether others might want to follow his lead.

An Australian man (we’ll come to his name later) has had his travel card chip implanted in his left hand. The chip from his Opal card (the Australian equivalent of TfL’s Oyster card) was especially cut down to 10mm by 6mm and inserted into his hand by a professional piercer.

Among the reasons he gave for having it done was ‘”If someone stole my wallet I could still get home”. To be fair, you can’t fault his logic here. Presumably other benefits include just waving your hand over the card reader. And watching the reactions of other travellers.

Given that this is a pretty wacky idea, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that his name is Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. Or that he has several other implants in his body, one of which he uses ‘to store documents’.

At this point we must confess that our collective mind started to boggle. What documents would you want to store in your arm and how would you retrieve them?  How would you print them out? (You can see how, as a travel insurance company, our mind works).

Although we applaud his attempt to take his personal safety to an entirely new high, we suggest you just keep your travel card safe about your person.

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