I noticed a story making the rounds yesterday about how the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) had decided that travelers would be able to keep their iPads in their bags while passing through X-Ray machines. And I kind of ignored the news… until I noticed that it’s not just iPads, but all electronics smaller than a typical laptop. That includes game consoles, portable media players, and even netbooks.
Generally the TSA requires you to take out a full sized laptop and place it in a separate tray for screening. But in a blog post, the TSA has spelled out that teh iPad, eBook readers like the Kindle and Nook, and netbooks are exempt for the most part.
That doesn’t mean you’ll never asked to remove a netbook from your bag while traveling. Screeners are supposed to look for anything out of the ordinary, and if they decided that bulging bag with a tangle of wires hanging out of it that you call a laptop carrying case is suspicious, you’ll probably still have to remove your netbook or other gizmo. But it looks like most of us can save a bit of time while traveling thanks to this clarification from the TSA.
Of course, if you’re traveling with a full-sized laptop, you can also save a little time by getting a TSA-approved laptop case.