1. A whole planeload of iPads is normally shipped. 2. When they land in Anchorage AK, customs officials inspect every one. How ever many that is to fill a plane. Probably pretty many. 3. They are usually sent to Memphis for sorting and resending to final destination. 4. Mine is going to Dayton OH and has departed Memphis and will be in Dayton tonight. Loaded on delivery truck for delivery tomorrow morning. Yours is probably treated the same way, wherever you are. 5. Actually pretty fast all things considered. Mine was shipped on the 22nd of June. It was originally scheduled for 1 Jul delivery. That is all I know. I got most of this from calling Memphis center.