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Airport Security Screenings and Pacemakers/Defibs


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  • Airport Security Screenings and Pacemakers/Defibs

    Just got back from another business trip today. Thought I would share a conversation that I had with a TSA employee while going through security screening at a small airport in Texas. She asked me if I had a pacemaker. I said no and stated that I never had a security employee ask me that question before. She said that yesterday she had two travelers that entered the screening machine and THEN told her that they had pacemakers!! So she started taking it upon herself to ask people BEFORE they enter the screener.

    Remind anyone you know, who may not be used to traveling via air, that they need to point out the pacemakers/defibs to the TSA employees and that they should never go through the screening machines.

  • #2

    Thanks for the reminder.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      I don't have a pacemaker/ICD but it was my understanding that the standard metal detector would cause them no trouble. However, you could not allow them to pass the handheld wand over the pacemaker site.

      Anyone have an answer?

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      \"Chance favors the prepared mind!\"


      • #4
        I have an ICD in in the book that medtronic gives you it states " It is okay to walk through security screening archways, such as those at airports and government buildings. The archway may detect your ICDs metal case and set the alarm off. However the ICD will continue to function normally.


        • #5
          SOME devices can have the programming changed by the magnets. If you walk through quickly - you are OK...however if you stand in there too long you MAY have trouble...
          Me - I always ask for a pat down...better safe then sorry
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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