Do I bring my wallet through the WTMD?

Old Oct 29, 07, 2:34 am
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Question Do I bring my wallet through the WTMD?

I have heard conflicting suggestions to either put your wallet through the x-ray with your other stuff, or to just bring it with you through the WTMD. I have also heard both sides: your credit cards/ID's make the WTMD beep or it doesn't.

What should I do? I have always just put my wallet through the x-ray because I wasn't sure, but now I'd like to know if it's possible to bring it directly with me.

Thanks! Pardon my stupidity.

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Old Oct 29, 07, 2:44 am
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I NEVER take my wallet out of my pants pocket when going through security. Never been an issue anywhere.
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Old Oct 29, 07, 5:27 am
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I never have taken mine out either. Once at ROC I had a TSA screener insist that I remove mine because I wouldn't make it though the metal detector with it. After a 2 minute back-and-forth about it he finally let me try it, and of course it didn't beep. I tried not to look too smug on the way through...
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Old Oct 29, 07, 5:32 am
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How does a large number of coins in a coin pocket affect the machine beeping or not?

Some countries prefer you to keep your wallet rather than putting it through the X-Ray. It tends to beep for me, and then they wand it with the hand detector.

A large metalic mass (ie lots of coins) will possibly set off the machine - or do you remove all coins before flying?
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Old Oct 29, 07, 6:15 am
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If I have lots of coins it sometimes beeps, sometimes not - depends on the sensitivity setting. Generally I'll remove wallet and put inside my carryon if I think I have enough coins to trigger. Otherwise it stays in my pocket.

Oh, and before starting a trip I do get rid of excess coinage.
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I never remove my wallet from my pocket. I always remove coins/keys from my pocket. I've not had a problem.
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Old Oct 29, 07, 7:03 am
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Depends on what metal items you have in your wallet. Typical metallic culprits that will alarm the WTMD are spare house keys, commemorative coins (or military "challenge" coins), spare change and certain cards that are specifically made of metal (I've heard of a company that makes metallic social security cards).

If it's too much trouble to remove metal items from your wallet, the best thing to do is place your wallet inside a pocket of one of your carry-on items such as a satchel, laptop bag, backpack etc. That way, you'll always have it in one of your carry-on items. People are less likely to forget a bag; however, I often see them leave behind things they removed from a bag such as laptops. And people tend to leave behind items they incidentally removed after having alarmed the WTMD such as spare change, belts and mobile phones.

Otherwise, wear your wallet in your pocket; do not carry it in your hand. It's a minor technicality, but the only thing you can hold in your hand are boarding pass and ID (you don't have to show your ID but you may hold it in your hand).


Hope this helps.
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Old Oct 29, 07, 8:16 am
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I never take my wallet out, and I've never had a problem, even with 10 or more credit cards. Your pants pocket can also hold other items you don't want them to see either - such as liquids or gels you don't have a baggie for.

Since the US doesn't use coins as much as some other countries is fairly easy to not have a pocket full of change.
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Old Oct 29, 07, 8:37 am
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I've been yelled at in several airports and lectured to put my wallet through the X-Ray. Even when it doesn't set off the WTMD. Same with a dress belt (small buckle).

So now, I load it all into one carry-on bag so it won't get stolen or lost (especially with the new 2-lanes, one WTMD system). There is no question when I do that.

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Otherwise, wear your wallet in your pocket; do not carry it in your hand. It's a minor technicality, but the only thing you can hold in your hand are boarding pass and ID (you don't have to show your ID but you may hold it in your hand).
Bart, I think some screeners need training on that point.

I had one toss my passport into a bin to go through the WTMD. I did grab it back and snap at the screener that my passport does NOT leave my person, especially since I was headed out on an international trip. Losing the passport in the bowels of a machine (or having it stolen) would be a disaster under those circumstances.
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Old Oct 29, 07, 8:40 am
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I always keep my wallet in my pocket and place everything else (Blackberry, keys, Bluetooth headset, etc) in my laptop bag. Never had an issue doing it this way. Keeps my wallet with me and everything else out of sight.

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Old Oct 29, 07, 9:07 am
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Memorize Your Social Security Number

[QUOTE=Bart;8638113]Depends on what metal items you have in your wallet. (I've heard of a company that makes metallic social security cards).

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Everyone should get in the habit of leaving their Social Security Card at home in a secure place. Don't keep it in your wallet! Memorize your SSN. If your wallet is lost or stolen, a criminal could steal your identity, and the presence of your SS card in your wallet would make it much easier for them to do so. (I stopped carrying my Social Security card in my wallet 15 years ago after reading an article about identity theft). Also, be careful who you give your SSN. Don't hand it out like candy at Halloween.
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Wallet stays in my pants pocket and I have never had it set off a detector, anywhere.
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Old Oct 29, 07, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by Bart View Post
Depends on what metal items you have in your wallet. Typical metallic culprits that will alarm the WTMD are spare house keys, commemorative coins (or military "challenge" coins), spare change and certain cards that are specifically made of metal.
An electronic door pass card (the swipe or proximity type) will set off most WTMDs. Forgot I had one in my wallet once; the SOP if it does alarm is that the entire wallet then has to be x-rayed. No, you can't remove the offending card and try again .
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Old Oct 29, 07, 10:10 am
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Your credit & ID cards are not going to set off the WTMD. So no, unless you have a large piece of metal in your wallet, never put it through the x-ray. And if you do have such a piece of metal, you might consider removing that verses dumping your entire wallet.

At DCA on Saturday, they were actually telling people not to remove keys, wallets, or coins "unless you happen to be carrying a roll of quarters in your pocket."
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Old Oct 29, 07, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by Wally Bird View Post
An electronic door pass card (the swipe or proximity type) will set off most WTMDs. Forgot I had one in my wallet once; the SOP if it does alarm is that the entire wallet then has to be x-rayed. No, you can't remove the offending card and try again .
The one I had two jobs back (the proximity sort) didn't. I haven't tried my current one (again, a proximity card), because it's fairly bulky and just might... but the same locks are also operated by a much thinner smart card on the no-escort-required visitor badges, and I doubt those would set it off.

Depends entirely on the sensitivity of the WTMD (which despite the TSA's "standards" does seem to vary widely IME) and how much metal is actually in the card. You can do proximity-type pass cards now with just a small smart chip, and that doesn't seem to set the WTMD off.
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