Wednesday, July 2, 2008
US airline travelers may have an opportunity to skip one particular round of manhandling by Transportation Security Administration agents this year.
The agency says passengers using new specially designed “checkpoint friendly” laptop bags won’t need to remove their portable from its case when passing through x-ray inspection.
TSA director Kip Hawley told The New York Times the agency will accept the new cases without the need for additional disrobement as soon as they come to market.
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That should be late September or early October, according to two of the leading luggage brands, Pathfinder and Targus.
According to the TSA, travelers must place their laptops into a separate inspection tray because the case is often so stuffed with power cords and accessories that inspectors can’t see inside with an x-ray to the computer.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 4:51 am