New SGSS S4 setting TSA metal detector off

Pntblnk

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Thrilled with my SGSS S4 but was really bummed that I had to take it off to clear the TSA metal detector in DFW this week. My previous Aluminum S3 was never an issue and nor is my Submariner which is an even bigger chunk of metal. I fly weekly and this will drive me nuts plus I worry about getting it scratched going on / off and running through X-ray machine.

Anyone else have issues with SS setting off the detector?
 

musicpenguy

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Oh that’s a bummer also switching from aluminum to SS - I guess with the body scanners that won’t be an issue?
 

Pntblnk

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Great to hear success from others. I’m normally TSA Pre but got caught in the priority lane at DFW due to time of day and hoped it was just a sensitive detector. It would really bum me out if I had to take off every time to the point I would most likey downgrade back to the aluminum.

Thanks to all for the feedback....breathing a bit easier now.
 

danmart

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You’ll be fine as long as you aren’t using the SB Milanese band (which would be at risk of scratching the watch if you just put it loose in the tray).

Also, the metal used for airline lap belt buckles is one of the few things I have found that can scratch the DLC coating in the SB Link band, so on a plane I always use a a Sport or leather band.

I just put it in the pocket of my carry-on whilst I’m in the security queue.
 
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Sword86

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Thrilled with my SGSS S4 but was really bummed that I had to take it off to clear the TSA metal detector in DFW this week. My previous Aluminum S3 was never an issue and nor is my Submariner which is an even bigger chunk of metal. I fly weekly and this will drive me nuts plus I worry about getting it scratched going on / off and running through X-ray machine.

Anyone else have issues with SS setting off the detector?
I went through one at YVR today. (S4 SS) Didn’t give it any thought at all until reading this post just now. I wasn’t asked to remove it but had to remove my boots and go through a second time. Steel shanks? Also had a ring on as well. S
 
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danmart

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Metal detector sensitivity can be turned up or down and varies based on perceived risk factors (not of you personally, but of the time and location).
 
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Pntblnk

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Sounds like I just came across a tighter screening process and shouldn’t have anything to worry about under normal conditions. Thank to all for posting your experience and comments.
 

edlex

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The reason I always get SS is the ease of removing scratches. I can always make the watch look brand new with a little polishing. I’ve also had the Apple stainless band since the series 0 watch and, with a few passes with a scotch brite pad, it looks perfect as well. Enjoy your watch and don’t sweat the scratches.
 
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JT2002TJ

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My wife and I both made it through TSA in JFK (NYC), and in the Bahamas without having to take off the S4 AW. I have a GSS 44, she has a SGA 40. We both had sports loops on.
 
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