Not sure is apple staff are aware of this case ? Can apple staff said some thing about this case , it is possible to stop the stolen iPad from operating ?
The same thing happened to my son last Christmas with a GPS when he came from North Carolina. They'd let too many people on with too big of carryons and the people at the end of the line were forced to check their carryons. Someone broke the lock and stole the GPS, had to have been an airport worker. He filed a claim immediately and had to make several follow up calls but they did give him back the $240 for it.
It's worth a shot to file a claim. I don't trust ANYone anymore! Sad.