Airport metal detectors
I travel a lot. Often 3-4 airports a week and once a month outside the country. I've got an ICD/pacemaker and I'm paced about 95% of the time.
For the first few months I was very diligent at showing my card and waiting to go through the back-scatter machines or get the pat down service at the security checks.
But then one day, I decided to walk through the upright to see what would happen... would I set it off? would my pacing stop? Would it shock me? I closed my eyes, winced, and went through with no issue. I spoke to an Abbot St Jude rep on the phone and they told me that nobody had ever reported being shocked (inappropriate ICD fire) or disabled by walking through a metal detector at an airport. They said the biggest risk is that the PM turns off for a second (like during programming) and you miss a beat.
So, for the last month I have been using the regular metal detector with no issues. I like to make sure my HR is low (in the 60's) in case I miss a beat, but I haven't noticed a thing. Now I don't wince, I just smile.
Am I crazy? Is there any hard data or experience that would scare me back to waiting for the secondary screening?