I have flown about 6 times since my PM implant a year ago. I have told them I have a PM, bypassed the metal detector at airport security, and gone through the pat down lane instead. It's kind of a nuisance, but I've gone on the belief that it's bad news to be subjected to that kind of electromagetic radiation.
While Christmas shopping last weekend and passing through countless store security systems, I had to wonder : is it any different passing through a store security system than an airport security system? It hadn't killed me walking in and out of all the stores at the malls!
Well, the conventional wisdom is "when in doubt, read the manual," so that's what I did. Actually, I checked the Biotronik website, and here's the FAQ that I found there:
Is passing through security checkpoints in airports and antitheft columns in retail stores problematic?
No, because BIOTRONIK pacemakers are shielded from external interference. Do not stop within these installations, however, and pass through them quickly. If necessary, point out that you have a pacemaker, as the device's metal housing could set off the alarm. Please contact your physician for further information.
Based on this information, I'm inclined to just show my Biotronik ID card and go through airport security normally. Assuming that my PM sets off the alarm, am I just asking for an even more thorough pat down and an even longer stay at security?