I’m a new Apple Watch owner just getting used to wearing a watch again. Since I travel quite a bit, I wondered if I’d have any problems wearing an Apple Watch while going through security. I didn’t think it would be an issue.
For a reference point, I’m wearing the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular functionality. I tried wearing the watch through TSA PreCheck and “standard” security. In both cases, I did not mention anything to the agent working the line.
In the PreCheck line, I walked through the metal detector and had no issues. Similarly, I wasn’t flagged going through a standard security line with a full body scanner. I was pretty sure the machine would pick it up and the agent would frisk my arm. I was wrong. For clarity, I was wearing a long sleeve dress shirt.
One Final Test
I played dumb going through a TSA PreCheck lane and asked a TSA agent if I was okay to wear my watch through the metal detector. I tugged up my sleeve and showed the watch. The agent was definitely not paying a ton of attention. There was a mild shrug and a nod of the head. Shortly thereafter, I was through security again and on my way.
The Final Two Pennies
Maybe I just obsess about odd things, but I was curious what would happen when heading through security with my Apple Watch. I haven’t worn a watch in a very long time. I’ve never really thought about the sensitivity of the metal detectors for such things. This appears to be a non-issue.
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