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Apple Watch reviewer Newt Gingrich has trouble using it to go through airport security

Newt-tested, Newt-disapproved.


Eric Geller


Posted on Jun 6, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:57 pm CDT

Former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich isn’t doing much these days. That’s why he offered to test out the Apple Watch and review it for Mashable. But Gingrich is already finding it difficult to use the watch for one simple purpose: checking in at an airport.

In a video he posted on Twitter, Gingrich appeared to need several people to walk him through the process of swiping the watch at a TSA PreCheck counter. Then, he had to be told how to confirm his check-in on the watch itself.

After experiencing this supposed convenience firsthand, official Mashable celebrity reviewer Newt Gingrich proclaimed that he was “not sure about [its] practicality in the long run.”

Gingrich’s followers, most of them fellow conservatives, responded with various kinds of political punditry…

Here’s Newt modeling the Apple Watch for the first time in his debut as a Mashable contributor.

Photo via raneko/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2015, 10:41 am CDT