Wonder how long 'til TSA decides how to treat the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Manatee, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Manatee macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    I wonder how things will go with TSA and the iPad? Leave it in the bag, like an iPhone? Take it out and place it in a separate bin, like a laptop? In function, it's more like a big iPhone. In volume, it's more like a tiny laptop.

    I've never understood why laptops are treated differently from any other electronic device. I used to think it was the volume of the device, and how much C4 could be stuffed inside. But I can send other devices, with greater interior volume than my laptop, through the scanner inside my bag.

    Anyone have experience with airport security and other iPad-like devices?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I suspect it will be treated like any other laptop/netbook computer
  3. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    They'll make you take it out, turn it on, then hand it to them. :D

    Why? They are only human.
  4. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.

    Because the can.... :p
  5. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    old story, but just be careful when you travel overseas, the iPad being a new device and all.
    "A woman traveling to Israel is questioned by security officers who are suspicious of her bag. So they take it out the back and shoot it, killing her MacBook. Amazingly, the hard drive survived.

    “The Israeli security’s decision to shoot my laptop was nonsensical on multiple levels – unprovoked, unduly aggressive, a waste of government funds, etc.” the woman, Lilly Sussman, wrote on her blog.

    Someone in the comments added: “These guys shoot every day at unarmed people, even children. Why so much surprise about a simple laptop?”

  6. Enrico macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2007
    Milano / Roma
    Anything bigger than a fist, is treated like a laptop.
    So does my Kindle.
  7. ciaran00 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Another problem is customs. These guys will levy fines on anything that looks or smells like a second laptop, even if it's not one according to Steve :)

    Depends on the country, YMMV
  8. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Another reason no to travel in anything other than your personal car.
  9. alansmallen macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    Oh ya I'm a big fan of this cross continent trips to Argentina
  10. aerospace macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    1. Passport/Ticket in hand
    2. Present to guy who shines a flashlight on it, checks you, checks ID, checks you, checks ID, uses highlighter on ticket, says move along
    3. Remove shoes, place in bin
    4. Remove jacket, place in bin
    5. Remove laptop, place in bin
    6. Remove belt, keys, coins, cell phone, place in bin
    7. Wait behind grandma who hasn't flown ever...
    8. Get waived to come forward
    9. <machine beeps>
    10. Turn out pockets, go through again
    11. <machine beeps>
    12. Get "wanded"
    13. Wait for items to come through scanner
    14. Put on shoes
    15. Put on jacket
    16. Place laptop in backpack
    17. Pickup keys, coins, cell phone
    18. Shake head/roll eyes and walk to gate

    Long live freedom!

  11. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I'll race you to Fiji. You drive, I'll fly.

  12. Prolif1k macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2009
    I cannot stand the TSA's treatment of laptops sometimes. I had my aluminum 13" MacBook in one of those neoprene sleeves in my backpack. I took it out beforehand to show them and they asked to see it outside of the sleeve. The guy grabs it and drops it from about 6 inches into one of those plastic bins. He didn't even have the courtesy to set in in the bin nicely or hand it back to me so I could do it myself. What did I end up with? Multiple scratches each about 2-4 inches in length on the TOP of my MacBook. Couldn't have at least been on the underside to make me feel a bit better; he had to throw it in upside down. Of course I went to complain to the supervisor, knowing fully that they wouldn't give a damn. And of course, I was right, they didn't care at all and told me it was standard procedure.

    So in short, they better let me leave my iPad in a case, because I don't want to have another one of my beautiful aluminum electronics effed up by some lazy TSA agent.
  13. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.

    What on earth :confused:
  14. robotkiller macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2009

    It may be futile, but I would have raised hell up the chain of command. That's BS.
  15. magpie maniac macrumors 6502

    magpie maniac

    Aug 24, 2007
    Human? We're talking about federal employees here. :p
  16. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You are free to choose not to fly.
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    So you ignored all those posted alerts telling you to place your laptop in the plastic bin?
  18. mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004

    I've had two MBPs scratched by the TSA.

    In both cases I had placed the laptop carefully in a plastic bin, only to have a TSA agent roughly move the bin causing the unit to slide around and bounce off the side scratching the bottom.

    I've never seen a bigger waste of time and money, all for an appearance of safety.
  19. oneeach macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2010
    I remember when we (in the U.S.) use to make jokes about the U.S.S.R. and not being able to travel from one part of it to another without have the right paper work.
  20. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    Do this: get some clear contact paper, the kind that is only a little sticky. Put it on both sides of the iPad before you leave the house. After you are through security, peel it off and throw it away (make sure you have enough of the roll with you that you can repeat the process on the return trip).
  21. Manatee thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    Since I've been leaving my MacBooks in a neoprene sleeve when I put them in the gray bin (about two years), I've never been asked to take it out, or had an agent handle it. Maybe I've been lucky.

    I don't know a whole lot about how the scanners work, but I don't see why they'd have a problem with a layer of neoprene around the device. What if a laptop where made with a layer of the same neoprene embedded inside the housing of the device, and the device were placed -- naked -- in the gray bin. Would the scanning device have a problem with that? I doubt it.

    I have no problem with standardized procedures for something like aircraft security if they make sense. If the procedures are arbitrary, inconsistent, or not based on the actual needs, then it bugs me. It's not the time or inconvenience that bothers me. I also don't blame the agents for doing their jobs as required.
  22. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    No big deal.....Don't give a fig about Fiji, or any of those creepy islands.

    If you can't drive there, then it doesn't even matter.

    Never been on an airplane and never will be.
  23. Nexus4144 macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    hmm.. i wonder if differs depending on the person in charge. Ive gone thru the checkpoints plenty of times, but what i do is take me laptop out of the case and lay the case on the bottom of the bin and place my MBP on top and usually is good enough as it has always just come thru w/o the TSA ppl bothering with it.

    For the iPad, i think they will make u pull it out mostly because its size and so they will believe its a computer regardless of anything. But oh well, since the checkpoints are there for our security its all good :)
  24. Prolif1k macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2009
    If you read my post, I said that the agent didn't let me. He took the laptop out of my hand and flipped it over, looked at both sides, then dropped it in a plastic bin himself. I didn't get a chance to do it myself.

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