Flying with the iPad

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  1. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

    spiderman0616

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    Hoping for a little help here. My wife and I are flying to Vegas next week and I was curious as to how security handles the iPad. Can I leave it in my carry on, or do they make you put it in a bin?

    I'm only asking because I really hate how the airport has handled my electronics in the past. My backpack is the "airport friendly" variety if that helps.
     
  2. Bankerts macrumors member

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    Technically you should remove it just like any computer but I have been able to leave it in my bag a few times. When in doubt, take it out.
     
  3. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    I've always left mine in its neoprene sleeve in my bag. Never has it been taken out and inspected.

    But as far as TSA goes, your mileage may vary. Some days you get the grumpy one, some days you get the one that ignores everything.
     
  4. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    Alone it should be fine. I travel all the time and before I got my MacBook Air, I never had a problem. My MacBook Air 11" AND my iPad is hit or miss. Sometimes it causes problems, sometimes it doesn't.
     
  5. enragedcamel macrumors newbie

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    The reason regular laptops get inspected is because they come in all types of shapes and flavors, and thus easy to take apart and hide stuff in. This is why security will sometimes ask you to turn it on - to prove that it's a real laptop and not a case for cocaine.

    iPads don't have this issue. I've never had my iPad inspected. Never even had to take it out and put it in the plastic containers. I've actually asked TSA agents before if I need to, and they told me to just keep it in my bag.

    If you are asked to take it out for inspection, the agent is either new at the job or just retarded. And with TSA, you never know these days...
     
  6. shellbryson, Mar 18, 2012
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    shellbryson macrumors 6502

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    While flying in the UK I've always treated my iPad just like my MacBook & left it in its wallet when going through security. Never been asked to open the wallets, but European security checks may be less strict? I flew 16 times last year without any ID, but a home printed boarding pass :eek:
     
  7. Uln4321 macrumors regular

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    All the airports I've taken it to they tell you to leave it in any bag. At one airport the TSA lady yelled at me because I was waisting their time by taking it out. I'd still put it at the top of the bag
     
  8. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Never had to remove my iPad from my carry on but I usually just ask the agent at the scanner if it's necessary.
     
  9. anjinha macrumors 604

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    Supposedly you don't have to take it out of your bag. I have been asked to take it out a couple of times though.
     
  10. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Me too.
     
  11. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    The first time I flew with mine (in a leather portfolio case) I took it out of my backpack. The agent looked it and asked if it was and iPad. I said yes and he told me I could put it back in my bag.

    I have flown twice since then. Each time I left it in my bag and went through security. No questions or problems.

    Enjoy your trip! :)
     
  12. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I leave it in a backpack that goes through the scanners - never had to take it out in probably 40-50 flights since getting my first generation iPad.
     
  13. thatoneguy82, Mar 18, 2012
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    thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    I treat mine as laptop and I put it in a separate box. I only have a smartcover on it, so I put it face down. I've never had any problems with it. TSA never handles it. I'm the only one who touches my iPad from the moment I put it in the basket to the moment I remove it. There's really no issue.

    However, all of this is done rather quickly. I start putting everything in the basket as soon as I can so that the TSA doesn't wait on me, especially since I usually have to take off a jacket, belt, shoes, ring, bracelet and my bag.

    Funny, how I always think I'm undressing to go through security and how awkward it is to be putting some of my stuff back on. I should dress simpler, I know, but it's a moment to go through security and I don't want it to dictate what I'll be wearing the rest of the time.
     
  14. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    The official rule is that you can leave it in your bag. I travel LOT and have never had it questioned.
     
  15. liquidlink macrumors member

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    I agree, as someone that travels every other week, you do not have to take tablets out only laptops. In the past 12 months I never took my tablet out of my backpack, only my laptop.
     
  16. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a

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    I travel with a laptop bag since I don't have a very good smaller bag for just the iPad. Each time the TSA agent asks me if I have a laptop, I respond with "just an iPad". He/She lets it go through no problem.
     
  17. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    This. At Newark, JFK, Laguardia, and RDU, TSA is always shouting laptops out, iPads stay in bags.
     
  18. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    On every flight I've taken I've left the iPad in my bag while taking out my laptop and running it through x-ray separately. Never had a problem. I recall reading somewhere that the TSA is fine with iPads staying in the bag as they are not technically laptops.
     
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    I travel several times a month. I always leave my iPad in my bag when putting it through the Xray.

    I have never been asked to remove it.
     
  21. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    I always wondered if the plastic apple on the back helped ID it when x-rayed.
     
  22. donnaw macrumors 65816

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    Never had to take it out in the US. I asked a couple of times and was told 'no' so I just quite asking. One of those times was in Vegas.

    London Heathrow though wanted it out.
     
  23. g8orballboy macrumors regular

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    I'm on a plane twice a week and never take my iPad out.... I think out of the hundreds of times I've flown with it, I've been asked to take it out and rescan twice.
     
  24. lique831 macrumors member

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    I've always left mine in the bag and it's never been a problem.
     

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