Airport security question

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    When going through airport security, do you have to pull out your iPad and put it in a separate bin like you do your laptop? Or can you just throw it on top of other things like you do your phone?
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    Just come from a holiday in the US. It is only laptops that have to be removed from cases. I just put mine still in its case on top of other things. Even left it in my bag, not a problem
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    In the U.S., the TSA put out guidance that iPads don't need to be removed from carry-ons, but it still allows individual airports and inspectors discretion. I don't remove mine, but travel often and have been asked to remove an iPad two or three times.

    Sometimes they appear to want to do a spot check; sometimes travelers have stuff packed so that it's hard to tell on X-ray what you've got, like when there are layers of electronics on top of each other. (Like traveling with a couple of iPads laid against each other, which I've done.)

    In other countries where I don't know the policy, I just ask before I remove anything.
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    Same in Canada.
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    I travel frequently with an iPad and a laptop in a sleeve, both in a Waterfield Cargo Case. I pull the laptop in its sleeve and put it in a separate bin. I don't remove the iPad. Have never been asked to do so. Though as the poster above notes, individual inspectors have discretion to ask that everything be removed.
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    At Zurich airport I was asked to put my iPad in a separate bin and when I asked about it, the staff said that an iPad was classified as a laptop. If that was her own classification or the general one for Zurich airport, I do not know.
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    Just went through security at DFW with the Pad inside my backpack.
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    Have not had to remove my iPad from my briefcase at LAX, SFO, or Dulles, but it was the only electronic item in the bag. YMMV

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