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TSA Refuses To Explain Why You Have To Take Your Laptop Out Of Your Bag But Not Your iPad

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Kashmir Hill
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In the New York Times Travel section this weekend, Matt Richtel set out to explain one of the mysteries of the laborious TSA screening process: electronics discrimination. Why is it that you have to remove your laptop from your bag but can leave your iPad, Kindle, iPhone and/or iPod nestled snugly away?

“There must be a reason the laptop is singled out as the bad boy of electronics at the airport,” writes Richtel. Given the hassle of the extra screening step, and the cumulative security delays in having every person in line take 30 seconds to remove and then re-bag their bad boy, we would certainly hope so. TSA policies, though, require keeping the cat in the bag when it comes to answering this question:

Next stop: T.S.A. They ought to know, right? It’s their rule.

A spokesman said the agency has its reasons for still requiring that traditional laptops go through X-ray machines in a separate bin. But he declined to share them, saying the agency didn’t want to betray any secrets.

via The Mystery of the Flying Laptop – NYTimes.com.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

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