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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 29, 2010
Does anyone know the accurate position on TSA rules for JFK and IAD?

Can one carry an unopened , still wrapped in plastic, factory sealed IPhone 6s plus and Ipad Air through TSA screening without taking it out of the box?

Or does one have to take it out and show that it turns on?

Small White Car

macrumors G4
Aug 29, 2006
Washington DC
It's been a few months, but the last time I was at IAD they were only making you turn on laptops, iPads could stay in the bag.

I know things change, though, so this advice is only good until someone with a more recent experience shows up.


macrumors 68000
Sep 12, 2011
I placed my iPad in my carry on. Last time i went to the airport with my iPad, placed carry on in bin and kept walking.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 29, 2010
ok i carried an unopened brand new ipad mini yesterday at JFK and went through...they didnt even ask me to take it out
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macrumors regular
Sep 21, 2014
It still goes through the xray... what is the technical reason TSA force people to turn on laptops and other stuff? Terrorists are too dumb to stuff a bomb in a functioning laptop or the TSA is too dumb to know what they are doing?


macrumors 6502a
Sep 15, 2004
Gilbert, AZ
They rarely force you to turn anything on anymore. I just flew from Phx to DET, and then DET to Chicago to Phx again (due to a flight cancel) and none of the times through security did they make me turn anything on... they haven't in any work trip I've had to take the past few years.

They do make you remove your laptop from your bag, and put it in its own bin... but ipads/tablets can be left in the bag (Surface Pro's qualify as tablets as I didn't have to remove mine, but I did my Macbook Pro) and phones/etc just get tossed in the "all your pocket crap" bin.

Never in the past 10 times through TSA checkpoints can I remember them touching / powering anything.


macrumors newbie
Sep 23, 2015
First of all, finding a TSA agent that knows what an iPhone is, that's rare.

Finding a TSA agent that speaks clear english to ask you to open the box, even more rare.

....and if you are a dude packing a rose gold iPhone, be prepared to explain your ****............

Bryan Bowler

macrumors 68040
Sep 27, 2008
They don't make you remove (or power on) anything with SSD. You have never needed to remove iPhone, iPad, or MBA.

I fly, a lot. Evertime I fly, they want me to take my rMBP out of my backpack even though it has an SSD. I know the rules say that only spinning hard drives have to be taken out of the backpack, but how they enforce the rule is an entirely different matter.
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