So I went through the whole pat-down thing at airports for years but got tired of all the hassle and eventually just tried going through the metal detector without mentioning my pacemaker. It didn't beep, so I asked my doctor about it at my next visit and he said that it wasn't a problem. He simply noted that it only faced interference during the moment you pass through, but afterward it was not affected in any way. That said, I have gone through the metal detectors every time at airports, concerts, and other events. I'm just wondering if anyone has some more information on any long term effects of this. Also, I'm not 100% paced so that moment of interference doesn't make me feel faint or anything... it might be dangerous if you are 100% pacer dependent.