New Protocol for Laptops
Good news for road warriors. As of this past Saturday (Aug. 16), you no longer had to remove your laptop from its bag when going through airport security. But you probably had to invest in a new bag to meet the requirements.
In order to be considered checkpoint friendly, the bag needs:
* A designated laptop-only section.
* The laptop-only section to completely unfold to lay flat on the X-ray belt.
* No metal snaps, zippers or buckles inside, underneath or on top of the laptop-only section.
* No pockets on the inside or outside of the laptop-only section.
* Nothing packed in the laptop-only section except the laptop.
The TSA is not endorsing any particular manufacturer, saying it expects the majority of the new bags that meet the standards to be available for purchase soon. One company, Pathfinder Luggage, is taking preorders. There are a few bags currently on the market that meet the standards, according to the TSA, including sleeve-like carrying cases without pockets or zippers. Basically, the bags "must provide a clear and unobstructed X-ray image of the laptop."
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