iPad Pro plus Smart Keyboard at the airport?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by spiderman0616, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Serious question here: have any of you taken an iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard through airport security yet? I will be travelling next month for work and plan on taking my iPad Pro with me, but also will be required to bring my old crappy work laptop. I'm starting to wonder if it's even worth it if I have to take a zillion gadgets out of my bag just to get through the airport.

    In the past, my iPad have not been required to come out of the bag, but I feel like the keyboard might change that situation.
  2. Cascades42 macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2016
    In the UK most airports want all devices out of your hand luggage. I had to get out a laptop, iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard, iPad Air 2, kindle and both phones last time. That said, I'm pretty speedy at re-packing everything so it didn't take all that long.

    At airports where they've not cared about devices only laptops in the past I've left my iPad Air 2 and keyboard in the slip case in my bag and they didn't mind. (I didn't have the pro at that time, but a keyboard is a keyboard.)

    So: YMMV depending on staff and the airport.
  3. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Why not just detach the keyboard and put it in another bag / slot / compartment? Then technically your iPad is still an iPad and not a "looks too much like a laptop to me"?
  4. jqc macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    Assuming you're in the US, TSA doesnt require to take a tablet out; traveled dozens of times with large pro, no issue.
  5. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    It explodes when going through security, so be CAREFUL!!!!!
  6. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Yeah, I'm in the US. I think I'm going to try leaving it in the bag with the keyboard on it and just see what happens.

    The reason I hate taking the iPad out is because I HATE watching those huge heavy flaps of thick plastic whack down on top of my gadgets as they go through the scanner. I have the front covered by the smart keyboard and the back covered by the silicon case, but I'd hate to have those items damaged by those stupid flaps falling on top of them. I know it's kind of just me being nitpicky, but those accessories weren't cheap!!!
  7. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    Yep! Traveled three times with the iPad Pro & Keyboard. Left it in the bag with no problems.

    Oddly enough, Twice I was told to take the Surface Pro 3 out of the bag "because it was considered a laptop".

    From what I've been told, things that might trigger an issue (e.g. "Take it out of the bag and put it through again"):
    • If the device has a removable battery (this is the reason the TSA Officer thought laptops had to go through separately, even though most modern Macs don't have removable keyboards).
    • If you have multiple (large) tablets stacked on top of each other (one of the times I had to remove the Surface was because I had both a Surface and an iPad in the same bag)
    • If you have a portable battery in the same bag (they may ask you to remove the battery and put it in a separate tray... Kind of removes some of the convience of traveling with...)
    If you just have the iPad and the Smart Keyboard, you'll be fine.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 13, 2016 ---
    The flaps won't hurt anything by falling on them. What they will do is brush "loose" items off. What has happened to me is that I put my jacket in a tray, along with my belt, glasses, and Apple Watch. My jacket and Apple Watch were fine, but the flaps brushed my belt and glasses off onto the belt. The lenses were fine, but the frames were damaged (luckily I had my perscription sun glasses and I wasn't driving - I was getting home around 9:00 PM!).
  8. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Traveled quite a bit with my Pro in the U.S., always left in bag with smart keyboard connected, zero issues. Did have to take it out in London.
  9. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    My understanding is that it's the fan/cooling system that triggers concern because it is a moving part. If there's no fan, the device simply shows up as slabs (the batteries and motherboard).

    So, iPads and the rMB have been fine for me through the conveyor. This also explains why the Surface Pro 3 someone mentioned above was pulled
  10. MartyCan macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    I don't think you'll have a problem leaving it in the bag. I've taken my 12.9 IPP w/ASK attached through Canada and US Airport security so far. But frankly your "nitpicky" is really just that. The flaps on the Xray tunnel don't "slam down" hard enough to damage your device.
  11. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Really? An entire discussion about whether you have to take an iPad/keyboard out of a bag? How is an iPad and a keyboard a"zillion" gadgets?

    The microspecificity of these forums are hilarious.
  12. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I wouldn't want to put my device in a bin shoes have been in.
  13. macfanrutler macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2010
    I live in New Jersey and Newark airport ALWAYS makes me take my iPad out AND put it in a separate container than my laptop. Other airports can be hit or miss.
  14. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    And a work laptop.
  15. Osty macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    Melbourne, AU
    They must have updated their scanners to include Windows virii in their list of security threats
  16. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Leave it in your carry on bag, I did and was just in New Orleans more than a month ago....everything went by smooth just like with a regular tablet
  17. SS4Luck macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2014
    I just traveled thourhg Detroit, LAX, Santa Ana, and DFW with my 12.9iPP and smart keyboard and left them both in my backpack and no one said a word.
  18. jqc macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    Im in Manhattan, have gone through Newark many times, no issue, but now that I think about it, maybe because I have precheck.

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