iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) on Airplane?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rubenrp, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. rubenrp macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2015
    I know that the older 12.9 Pro was frequently seen as too large/heavy to use comfortably on flights - but some comments seem to indicate that that's no longer the case with the new model. For those of you that have tried it, what's your take? And have flight attendants allowed you to keep it out, on and in use (in airplane mode) at takeoff/landing?

    For context, I'm considering buying it as my main device for trips, and using it without a case, carrying it in a minimalistic padded sleeve with a small folding stand (like the Plinth) and a separate folding Bluetooth keyboard. In other words, traveling as light as possible.

    Many thanks to all in advance for your experience reports.
  2. cep55, Nov 24, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2018

    cep55 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    I took mine on a series of trips the week I got it. I flew coach on Southwest and American, and the fit was great. Easy to maneuver, and fit perfectly on the tray table, with just enough room to fit a drink (I was using it with the Apple keyboard folio.)

    I was allowed to use it at takeoff and landing, just like any other small portable device (not regarded as a laptop by any of the crews on my flights.)

    I also have the 11” with the ASK, and I didn’t find any significant difference/advantage to it over the 12.9” in the way I use it, on planes. (And if you’re not going to use the ASK, the 12.9” will seem considerably smaller than the way I’ve been using it.)
  3. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    The 12.9 has such a large footprint it wouldn’t even fit on a plane
  4. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    It all depends on the airline and flight attendants. I’ve had requests to put away my 10.5 with keyboard cover on a Delta flight or two.
  5. smarcotte macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2012
    Recently flew on Delta from Boston to Atlanta and used the 12.9 for a good portion of the flight. I watched videos I had downloaded onto the iPad and found that with the Apple keyboard folio it was a good fit on the tray table. The angle of the screen was almost perfect for video viewing. Also, used a USB-C dongle to use Bose noise cancelling headphones. It all worked well.
  6. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I used the gen one 12.9 on 500 plus hours of international flights. It was my main device and really didn’t take up any more tray table space than my 2015 13 inch MacBook Pro. Plus the 12.9 doesn’t weigh as much as my Macbook. My expereice was very positive while flying. Just for example... my usage case was in economy class. It was also on larger airplanes doing international flights from the States to different parts of Asia. I don’t have any experience on smaller jets or even smaller regional carrier. I know have the new 12.9 iPP pro. I’m working from home until after the first of the year, so no flights with the new 12.9 yet. However, I think its safe to say that it will fit my needs even better since is a little smaller. I think if you’re used to using a MacBook while flying you’ll most likely be fine with the 12.9.

    PLUS... None of us live on airplanes. So buy the size that fits your majority life not your minority life. Just my humble opinion.
  7. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    You’d think reading through the 11 or 12.9 thread that the plane would have to dump fuel before takeoff if too many people bring on the 12.9”.
  8. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    I travelled with my new 12.9” Pro and it travels great. Was worried about the iPad bending more than anything with the stowing under the seat in the backpack thing and all, so I took out out before I put everything away. Size wise however, all was great.
  9. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Can’t see it ever being an issue personally
  10. PanAm-L1011 macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
    Republic of California
    I hope you all disinfect the gray tables before you use them. They have more bacteria than the bathroom.
  11. ferjilo macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2015
    w Polska
    Usually no issues with a 2015 iPP so the new one should be more than fine
  12. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Similar experience. I took my second gen 12.9 on many flights, found it easy to use, and I was never given a hard time about it.
  13. anthony13 macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2012
    Southwest hasn’t asked me to put mine away yet on 6 flights. It fits on the tray perfectly fine, and even with in 10,000’ when the tray tables must be up I have not been asked to put mine away while using it as a tablet.

    However, this is entirely up to any given flight attendant on any given day. I NEVER disagree with flight attendants on things like this because they have to put up with so much every day.
  14. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000


    Nov 28, 2018
    I’ve used it on a flight and everything went great!
  15. rubenrp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2015
    My thanks to everyone - your experiences are what I was hoping to hear, and confirm that this type of use works well.

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