Ipad & TSA

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by rtcfrtc, Mar 31, 2011.

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    A discussion in our home - my assumption is the iPad is not a computer and is not subject to separate scrutiny at airports, has anyone experienced otherwise? Has anyone experienced heightened search leaving one in the carry-on through x-ray?
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    I've always played safe and put it out separately - i.e. treated it as though it were a laptop. The reason is that, if it is in your handbaggage and the X-ray operator thinks it's a laptop, they'll simply hold you, get you to empty your hand baggage in order to check it out and probably want to put it back through the X-ray machine a second time. Getting it out is easy and my hand baggage then causes no problem.

    Plus, I've found the security personnel very interested in the iPad and I've given several informal 'demonstrations'. I reckon I've probably sold a few ....

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    For TSA the iPad is considered as a computer . I was last month in the US and had to take it out of my carry-on for all flights .
    As the TSA guy said : "When in doubt , take it out"
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    lol, in my mind i read "When in doubt , WHIP it out"

    i crack myself up :)
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    I haven't visited the USA since the commencement of the "grope search" but this seems to be a logical extension:) of the concept. I like Dave Letterman's quip about the searches, "How much do you tip for that?".

    Seriously though, in Australia, they explicitly mention that iPad must be removed for inspection.
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    I've traveled through various airports around the US over a dozen times since getting my Ipad and have never removed it from my carrying case and have never been questioned about it.
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    It depends on the person checking, you could go through security with it being in your bag, but not always. But for example, in London Heathrow, I even had to take out a Kindle, so that it could be checked separately.

    That said, if you travel with multiple electrical devices, you might want to take out only one and hope you can get through. Last time I was leaving the UK with a laptop, iPad and Kindle DX and had taken all three out, it earned me a nice conversation with the security. :D
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    I have flown on domestic and international flights and have never (knock wood) even been asked to turn it on. Like others have said, I just put it in a separate basket just like it was a "real" computer!
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    I travel through airports 2x a week and never take mine out. Never been hassled either.
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    I go through airports in Europe, Caribbean, the US and Latin America often and always take it out.

    They searched my bag once because they saw the Apple Magic Trackpad I had just purchased. I hardly think it was worth the half hour search of my carryon. Definitely take it out.
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    It puzzles me why they only want the actual computer removed. What about power supplies/chargers, spare batteries, portable hard drives etc.

    If there is any logic at all, it may be that removing the largest item reduces the visual clutter in the Xray image.

    They want any large electronic devices removed by they way. I had to remove a CPAP (Resmed) machine recently. Invariably the are very interested in just what on earth it is. One official said that she would get one for husband once the purpose of the device had been explained.
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    What he said ^^^^

    Over the past 9 months (since I have had my iPad) with about 65K miles during that time:

    DAB (my home airport) - Never
    MCO (my other home airport) - Sometimes
    SDF - Never
    CVG- Sometimes
    MSP - Always
    IAH - Sometimes
    PHX - Most of the time
    ORD - Sometimes
    MIA - Usually
    BDL - Always
    IAD - Rarely

    Those are the ones I remember, because I went in and out of them the most.
    The thing to remember about TSA is that it is not the people on the line that are looking at you, it is the people up above looking through the cameras and glass walls who are watching to see how you react to your stuff being pulled/searched/re-scanned.
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    I generally travel with 2 laptops but haven't traveled with the iPad yet. I just assumed that I would have to treat it like a laptop, but it's interesting to read other people's experience. I'm traveling internationally next month, so now I guess I'll have to put three plastic bins through the machine now... great.
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    More and more it is assimilated to a laptop in European airports
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    I have flown with mine four times since I got it at Christmas and leave it in my handbag like my old kindle...no issue.
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    I travel regularly.
    I always take it out along with my laptop for work.
    Never thought of asking if it had to be done with an iPad.

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