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11″ MacBook Air Can Stay in Your Bag at Airport Security

For whatever it’s worth, TSA now says that your 11 inch MacBook Air computer does not need to come out of your laptop bag when you go through airport security (apparently it’s thin enough that they can see whatever toothpaste you are hiding in there).  If you have the 13″ version, you’ll need to take that out of the bag because you may be hiding deodorant inside it.

(thx to D-Lux for the heads up)

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  1. I would be interested to see the marvelous folks at the TSA try to figure out which one is 11″ and which one is 13″. Uhhh, is that up and down, or left to right, or diagonal.

  2. I agree with Mike and would like to see them determine the dimensions of these laptops. Are they really going to hold up security lines to measure you laptop? There needs to be one policy followed for all “electronic” devices and not a “pick and choose” mentality.

  3. Sixer, in practice, there is one policy: it always has to come out of the bag. No matter what it is. I’ve been at plenty of security lines this year where the TSA shouter asks for “laptops, iPads, netbooks, anything that turns on or off” to come out of the bags. Just because there’s a directive doesn’t mean the TSA folks know about it or actually follow it.

  4. They announced the same about iPads when those were new. And nowadays half the time my bag gets secondary screening if I leave it in the bag, so I don’t anymore as it’s faster/easier to pull it out before the xray machine.

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