Accidentally took our apple watches through airport security no problem.

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  1. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    We it was the older scanner since my wife is blind but I forgot to remove it and no alarms.
     
  2. nicho macrumors 68020

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  3. danniexi macrumors 6502

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    same here. went through the US, French, and Italian airports while wearing the apple watch without any issue.
     
  4. Newtons Apple, Jan 4, 2016
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    I didn't take mine off when travelling to Egypt or Greece last year. So it didn't set off the scanners in the UK, Egypt or Greece. I did ask when I was going through security when flying out to Egypt but they told me to leave it on they were more interested in me getting my iPads and kindle out of my bag.
     
  6. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    This is most likely because of its weight and size. Even if it was the stainless steel it is less than 20 gr of metal. That probably does not trigger the the alarm.
     
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    Since i posted that original post, I've traveled in US and Europe and not taken it off without a problem. I have a several trips to Asia coming up and would expect it will be the same.
     
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    I travelled to thirteen countries last year and never once removed my Apple Watch, nor did it ever set off any metal detectors or calls for additional security in the body scanners. I probably passed through 100 security checkpoints.
     
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    I've flown numerous times with mine, and TSA always tells me specifically that I can leave it on. They didn't miss it - they just don't care.
     
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    Until some jabroni decides to try lighting his with a lighter during a flight. Then TSA will start requiring all watches, jewelry, and dental fillings must be removed and thoroughly inspected.
     
  11. MaulRx Suspended

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    Never had to take it off for security. I've been asked to turn it off with other electronics though.
     
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    I've worn a ~180g stainless necklace through without it going off... but that must be getting close to the limit because it did go off while I was wearing my belt at the same time (metal buckle, not sure of the weight but it's not huge).

    With the possible exception of some of the metal-band models, I can't imagine any Apple Watch being heavy enough to set off the detector (unless there's more to it than weight).
     
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    I've flown through France, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, USA, Netherlands, and Turkey with the AW and not once have I been asked to put it in the dish.
     
  14. steve knight thread starter macrumors 68020

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    myself I never get to fly only escort my wife but I have not worn a watch till now.
     
  15. mlovergaard macrumors 6502

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    I have flown many times with my watch and never had any problems.
     
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    Last time I went through airport security (pre-AW), I wore my watch through the scanner.

    At the last non-airport checkpoint I passed through, which used a metal detector and X-Ray machine, they had me take off the watch and belt, then put them in the tray with my wallet and jacket.

    I think the whole point is to vary the routine and keep us guessing. ;)
     
  17. TomPurcell macrumors newbie

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    Do any of you guys turn the watch off before stepping through the metal detector or leave it switched on?
     
  18. TxWatch macrumors 6502

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    I have left my 42mm Watch Sport "on" for the past year and I have flown dozens of times to US and European destinations without any problems. I am Pre-TSA, if you think that matters.
     
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    It doesn't matter. I'm not Pre-TSA and have flown many times, never taking my watch off.

    By the way, screw the TSA.
     
  20. TxWatch macrumors 6502

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    I paid for Pre-TSA because it saves me from waiting in the long lines every time I travel. You can screw them or you can pay $85 for five years in the fast lane. ;)
     
  21. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    Either way, they are usually a bunch of entitled hardasses that are given the slightest bit of authority and let it go to their heads.

    Not to mention, but around here they are all sketchy and some have previous records. They are not perceived in a positive way.
     
  22. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502

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    Not a fan of TSA either. Keep those watches on.
     
  23. LiveM macrumors 65816

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    Meanwhile, going into a department store is a problem. Macy's > TSA.
     

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