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    Dive Watches and Airport Security

    Many of us will be traveling by air this Holiday Season and I was wondering what everyone's experiences were going through Airline Security metal detectors wearing our huge dive watches.

    I have always been able to go through the detectors wearing my Seiko dive watches at most airports, except Orlando! Strange huh? Now that I have an Eco-Zilla, I was wondering if I wear it, I will get zinged and wanded!

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    Doubtful that a watch will set a detector off, as numerous threads have discussed previously. But in some countries -- Australia for example -- if the detector is set off, the security guards will make you remove anything metallic. Coins, belt, watch, shoes (in case they have metal components), into a tray. That goes through X-ray and sits on display for other travellers on the air side of the machine while the guard will wand you or maybe pat you down and otherwise distract you.
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    In the US, do yourself a favor and take it off and put it in whatever you are carring on the plane (i.e. backpack), while you are waiting to go through the security line.

    That way it is nice and safe in a bag that gets xrayed, and you don't have to worry about getting buzzed. I never put it in one of the little bins they hand you for that stuff. Too scratch paranoid, and what it someone knocks the bin over accidentally?

    my 2 cents. Safe travels.
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    Re: Dive Watches and Airport Security

    I always take mine off and put them in the bin. The x-ray does no harm, and no chance taken with the magnet.

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    I travel a fair bit all over the world and never take my watch (Doxa SUB) off. Haven't had a problem yet.
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    Re: Dive Watches and Airport Security

    Quote Originally Posted by G M Fude View Post
    Doubtful that a watch will set a detector off, as numerous threads have discussed previously. But in some countries -- Australia for example -- if the detector is set off, the security guards will make you remove anything metallic. Coins, belt, watch, shoes (in case they have metal components), into a tray. That goes through X-ray and sits on display for other travellers on the air side of the machine while the guard will wand you or maybe pat you down and otherwise distract you.
    note to self when I travel to australia: do not wear your studded underwear



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    Cool Re: Dive Watches and Airport Security

    Quote Originally Posted by scm64 View Post
    In the US, do yourself a favor and take it off and put it in whatever you are carring on the plane (i.e. backpack), while you are waiting to go through the security line.

    That way it is nice and safe in a bag that gets xrayed, and you don't have to worry about getting buzzed. I never put it in one of the little bins they hand you for that stuff. Too scratch paranoid, and what it someone knocks the bin over accidentally?

    my 2 cents. Safe travels.
    As Steven said, reduce your inconvenience by dropping your keys, small change, belt & watch into your carry-on while waiting to check luggage or in line to pass through security. Unless you are flying armed (legally), you gotta go through the magnetometer. Do yourself a favor and prepare properly for any air travel, that way you have the time you need to worry about the higher probability issues that Brian brought up---wings falling off, screaming children, large sweaty seatmates & lost luggage.

    Enjoy your trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianS View Post
    <snip>.. so just put it in the bin with everything else...<snip>
    Brian, your going to put your beautiful Kenzo...in the bin !?.....with everything else..!?

    Somehow, I'm not picturing that.
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    Re: Dive Watches and Airport Security

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianS View Post
    You are right. I would not put my Kenzo directly in the bin. The Kenzo would be in my travel watch box inside my carry on bag along with my other nice watches, which never leaves my sight until it disappears into the x-ray machine.

    Then after I'm passed the security check I can pull out my travel watch box and put on whatever I want..

    You have to be smarter than the average TSA security agent, which apparently from the horror stores we hear about what gets passed them, isn't all that difficult...
    Now that I can see. But I see people just toss $$$ Rolexes in there like it's a pack of gum or something...crazy.
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    Re: Dive Watches and Airport Security

    the last time I flew the security checkpoint guy took a close look at my watch and saw that it was titanium. He told me not to take it off, the machine will not notice it.

    he was right.

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