I have had a pacemaker/defibrillator since 2000 (when I was 43). In fact, they replaced the old one in 2007, so I have a new Medtronix model now.
Here are a few things to remember:
1. Always carry your card with you (from Medtronix or whatever company manufactured your device).
2. It's a good thing to wear a Medic Alert on your wrist or your neck.
3. Get a note from your doctor that says you are not to be subjected to any magnetic devices (keep the note, but show it to TSA
4. Do not go through the regular metal scanner; first, it will definitely sound an alarm; second, it could interrupt your pacing.
5. Do not let anyone wand you (the wand has an even stronger magnetic field).
6. Tell a TSA
agent when you get up to the booth that you have a pacemaker and request a manual search.
7. At some large airports, they are now using 'scattershot' technology which supposedly does not interfere with the pacemaker. I just used it at PBI
a few weeks ago. No problem. But avoid the X-ray machines.
8. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, it is your right to refuse any machine and demand a manual search instead. Once in a while, you get a moronic TSA
agent who will give you grief, but stick to your guns (bad choice of words).