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Security screenings and electronics

I have never travelled with electronics before. Do I need a special sleeve for my iPad for airport security screening? Can I just leave it in my purse and put it through the scanner? Thanks!
--- Barb

Posted by
2081 posts

Barb,

whatever you like to do.

i will either toss my cameras and stuff in my carryon bag. Some places want you to put them on top along with any other laptops, kitchen sinks or other humungus e device you want to bring on board.

If im too lazy, i will just toss them in the bin with other things.

if they see something funny, they will pull you aside and want to physically inspect your stuff anyway.
happy trails.

Posted by
9110 posts

It varies by airport and by day at the same airport. Just toss it loose into the junk tub.

Posted by
4448 posts

I always keep it in my purse unless they tell me to take it out. Most of the time that is fine. As Ed says, it varies. Some airports make you take all electronics out and put them in a separate bin.

Posted by
7687 posts

I have never had to remove my iPad. It is not the same as a laptop, which they require to be taken out of its case. Of course you never know what kind of mood any particular TSA agent will be in...

Posted by
9110 posts

In the last couple of months PNS, EDI, MAN, ATL, LAS, SLC, AMS were all tablets out. ATL, PNS, and SLC were tablets in a couple of times. Most of the others not listed were in.

Asia is mostly in but SIN is always out.

TSA ain't involved except in the US. It doesn't seem to change except in th US. When it changes it's for all lines in the airport. PreCheck may or may not get an exception.

Posted by
2081 posts

just an fyi,

some places have you bring your cameras out too.

to me, its just another hassle to get onboard the plane. Just like taking off your shoes in the states. No other places make you do that and you will recognize Americans in foreign lands at the airport since they will be the ones taking off their shoes.

just so you know too, when it comes to consistency, governments and regulatory agencies never heard of the word.

happy trails.

Posted by
484 posts

Thanks for the help. I should have written mini - iPad. Though, it probably does not make a difference. I'll just keep it in the daypack and toss it into the screening bin. Sounds like iPads are no different than anything else for screenings.

Posted by
9363 posts

I have never had to get my camera out anywhere. I carry a netbook, which in some airports (LHR and ORD, most recently) is considered a laptop and it needs to be out. Other airports treat it like an iPad (PIK, OVD, MAD) and it doesn't have to be out. Be prepared for either (don't bury it deep in your bag).

Posted by
9110 posts

Dick.

Interesting research, but not realistic.

TSA does not control non-US airports. International requirements vary as noted above.

Domestic airports vary as noted above.

Posted by
66 posts

I use a jacket with many, zip-up pockets. Put everything electronic (even an iPad) in a pocket and zip up. I don't travel with a computer. Take the jacket off and put it in a bin when you go through security. So far no US security issues - will find out next month if this works in EU.

For example, use a ScotteVest < http://www.scottevest.com > jacket or vest. Most pockets are inside and all are secure

Posted by
1430 posts

This past week-end, with two connections in Europe:

Ottawa - iPad Mini and iPhone in the bag. Nothing but liquids in the bin.
Frankfurt - iPad Mini in the bin, in its neoprene carry pouch. iPhone searched for in my bag after the x-ray, then swiped for explosives.
Athens - iPad Mini in the bin, outside its carry pouch. iPhone again ignored in the bag.

Whichever the winds blows, it seems...

Posted by
1516 posts

Agree with Diane, anything goes. When in doubt, take it out.

Posted by
524 posts

I agree with above posters. I have been asked to remove my ereader and phone. Most recently, I had to take my mini iPad from day bag and remove the neoprene screen cover. I always comply with any request from security agents, I don't want my vacation beginning or ending on a sour note. On my last trip, I forgot to remove liquids bag from carry on, and breezed right through.