Does the Watch set of Airport Alarms?

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  1. zaneliu94 macrumors regular

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    Just curious because I hate all things Airport security these days.
    Does the  Watch set off the metal detectors or is it small enough like my current watch that I can wear it straight through?

    Thanks!
     
  2. alee macrumors 6502

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    Great question.

    If it's like my other smart watches, the answer is probably going to be yes. My Moto 360 and Pebble both triggered. I fly again on Tuesday -- will report back if someone else hasn't already.
     
  3. Fortimir macrumors 6502a

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    I have always taken off every watch I've ever flown with. All my nice ones set it off.
     
  4. zaneliu94 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool! Let us know!

    I used to take off my watch but recently airport security has actually asked me to keep it on. Most likely because they've had watches stolen or something. But it never sets of the alarm currently. Of course an  Watch with its PC chips could set it off still.
     
  5. alee macrumors 6502

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    I think it's the lithium ion battery that sets it off. Flew 190k miles last year and didn't set off a detector with any of my Omega watches at any airport I went through.
     
  6. Ken30307 macrumors member

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    My pebble never set off the airport alarms. I think it will be fine.
     
  7. zaneliu94 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really? It's the battery and not the casing? That's surprising to hear. I look forward to seeing if anyone has some real world experience with this!

    I honestly hate having to remove my belt every time. So one less item is great!
     
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  9. alee macrumors 6502

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    For what it's worth, I went through 7 metal detectors today with the watch on. No issues.
     
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Thanks :). Good to know.
     
  11. iwayne macrumors 6502

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    Went through a TSA Pre metal detector today with the watch and no alarms.
     
  12. flur macrumors 68000

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    Sport or SS?
     
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  14. lifeguard macrumors 6502

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    YES it will. The Watch will set off the Mags and they will make you take it off to go thru the Body Scanners.... Your best bet though is to NOT drop it in the bin. Put it into your coat pocket or bag or drop it in your shoe and run it thru. Watches that are free floating get dropped and go "missing" all the time.
     
  15. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    Typically when I fly with a carry on bag, I keep a zipper pocket ready to drop my phone, keys and watch in right before security. That way I can drop in, zip up and then retrieve on the other side. It does make using passbook for a boarding pass slightly more difficult.
     
  16. fstevens macrumors newbie

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    My small-town airport (4 gates) TSA folks made me take my Sport off and put it through the luggage scanner (no body scanner there). My return was out of O'Hare. I didn't take it off there. The body scanner must have picked it up as the TSA person asked me to pull up my sleeve so she could look at my wrist. That was enough to satisfy her.
     
  17. alee macrumors 6502

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    This is not true in my experience. Neither the TSA mags nor the high rise office building security mags went off wearing the watch.
     
  18. ginsengbomb macrumors member

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    TSA Pre metal detector yesterday with my Aluminum Sport and it did not set off the alarm.
     

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