Does it make a difference where you sit on a plane?

I was just wondering if it makes a difference where you choose to sit on a plane once you have an ICD/Pacemaker?  I usually prefer to sit over the wings ( less motion sickness lol) but are those big jet engines likely to cause some interference with my device (dual lead Boston Scientific ICD)?  Can altitude effect it and cause any side affects?  How many of you here fly regularly and have any of you experienced any problems - from going through security to landing at your destination?

Sorry for all the questions but thanks in advance for your comments & kindest regards, Zoë




by ROBO Pop - 2018-01-28 17:28:17

You bet it matters where you sit, survivors are always in the for your device, it doesn't care


by Zoë - 2018-01-28 18:17:28

Ha ha, thanks for the advice lol! I guess the back of the plane it is then...

Threats to survival can come from many directions

by Gotrhythm - 2018-01-28 23:10:19

I find sitting in first class makes a big difference. Don't know the effect on my pacemaker but at least, I don't fantasize about killing myself in order to get the trip over with,the way I did the last time I flew coach.


by LondonAndy - 2018-01-29 03:52:32

As somebody on a water tablet for heart failure I prefer to sit near the toilets!  But otherwise I have had no problem where I sit.

I am flying this week from London to Spain, and whilst some may not want to do this, at the airport I will just go through the security arches without telling them I have a pacemaker.  I will carry my ID card of course, but I have never found any effect from walking through (either on me or setting off any alarms).  My pacemaker is only 3 years old, and is MRI safe, and I am flying through modern, western airports.  If I had an older pacemaker, or was flying to less well funded airports, I might take a different view.

Thanks Andy...

by Zoë - 2018-01-29 05:14:58

That's handy to know you choose to go through the security arch with no problem. I'd prob choose not too but it's good to know from you're experience it does no harm.  Mine too is MRI compatible (although my cardiac team keep cancelling the scan my stroke team want done, but that's for another post!).

Gotrhythm, I wish I could afford to fly First Class but after Robo Pops comment I don't think I'd bother lol! :D

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