Flying with the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by spiderman0616, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    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

    Sep 8, 2008
    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


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    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 68000


    Jul 8, 2008
    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

    Feb 28, 2012
    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
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

    shellbryson macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2006
    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

    Feb 3, 2011
    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


    Jul 5, 2009
    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


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    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


    Jun 23, 2010
    Me too.
  11. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    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


    May 9, 2006
    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
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

    thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    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

    May 23, 2010
    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

    Mar 17, 2008
    Chicago, Illinois
    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


    May 12, 2008
    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


    Mar 22, 2010
    This. At Newark, JFK, Laguardia, and RDU, TSA is always shouting laptops out, iPads stay in bags.
  18. IllIllIll macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2011
    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.
  19. escape1974 macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
  20. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    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

    May 23, 2010
    I always wondered if the plastic apple on the back helped ID it when x-rayed.
  22. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    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

    Mar 25, 2010
    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 regular

    Dec 22, 2011
    I've always left mine in the bag and it's never been a problem.

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