4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2012 5:53 AM by aragorns_fan
Macaby Level 3 (910 points)

When I carry my iPad on flights, I don't have to remove it from my carryon bag.  Anyone tried the same trick with the MBA?  PITA having to take it out of the bag.  More chance that it will disappear after going thru the security procedure, especially if I'm nabbed for additional wanding while my MBA sits there waiting for me to reclaim it.  Since the 11" MBA is very close in size to the iPad, I'm thinking maybe I can "skate" on this issue.

MB Pro 15-21.5 iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), -iPad2 32G IT 8G-IP 4 32G-Nano 16G
  • JMF Level 3 (730 points)

    A member of my family with the MBA does a fair bit of traveling. He always has to remove his MacBook Air when he goes through security. They never let him keep it in his bag.


    The people at the security checkpoints are some of the most disgruntled people on the planet. I think they enjoy sharing their misery by making folks remove their laptops from their bags.

  • Macaby Level 3 (910 points)

    Wonder what it is about the iPad that allows it to stay in a bag while being x-rayred?  About the only difference between an iPad and a MBA is the keyboard. That and maybe a pound more in weight.


    It could be worse.  In the beginning days of laptops, we had to "fire" them up to show that they were actually computers.


    As to the TSA people, I think it's about power.  About the only other place they can get this type of power is becoming prison guard.

  • JMF Level 3 (730 points)

    I remember the days of "firing them up". When the Titanium PowerBook G4 was brand new and I was travelling, the security guy did not believe that it was real. He pulled me off to the side, got his supervisor, and made me turn it on to prove it wasn't a weapon or something. This in the days when 3 inch thick PCs were not uncommon.


    Fear the power of my 500 MHz G4!

  • aragorns_fan Level 1 (0 points)

    I just flew with my MBA without taking it out of the case. If the computer has its own compartment, and you have NOTHING else in the case, you can leave it in the case. You have to place the case by itself in a bin, nothing underneath and nothing on top. Any sleeve or case will do, as long as you follow these rules. They were posted at the airports I went through (SJU, MCO, MSP)