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Air passengers in the US can leave the 11.6 inch MacBook Air in their carry-on luggage, according to a ruling by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). However, the 13.3-inch MacBook...
10-29-2010, 10:26 AM #1
11-inch MBA Can Stay in the Bag: TSA
Air passengers in the US can leave the 11.6 inch MacBook Air in their carry-on luggage, according to a ruling by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). However, the 13.3-inch MacBook Air is still under review by the TSA at the time of this writing, and security staff may still ask travelers to take out the smaller MacBook Air if the bag it is in is too cluttered.
Anything that is considered "standard laptop size" must come out for inspection, unless it is in a special bag that has been certified as "checkpoint friendly" by the TSA, the government agency in charge of ensuring airfreight security in the US. The problem is - as with many things involving the TSA - the rule on what is defined as "standard" is maddeningly unclear. A TSA spokesperson told PCWorld that anything "similar in size to an iPad" can stay in the bag. The iPad is 242.8 mm x 189.7 mm x 13.4 mm versus 300 mm x 192 mm x 17 mm for the MacBook Air. However, I've never been able to leave my 261 mm x 182.5 mm x 24 mm hackintoshed Dell Mini 10 in my carry-on bag, and I regularly see other netbooks riding the conveyor belt in their own trays.
As the TSA's "Blogger Bob" (wow, really?) explains: "officers are trained to look for anomalies to help keep air travel safe, and if something needs a closer look, it will receive secondary screening." The issue seems more tied to the number of items in the bag: "The key to avoiding bag searches is keeping the clutter down, says "Bob", adding that "the less clutter you have in your bag, the less likely it will be searched."
10-29-2010, 10:33 AM #2
Well that would be awesome for me except mine is sitting in Anchorage at a FedEx warehouse and won't be here till Monday. Come on!! Work with me here.
10-29-2010, 11:11 AM #3
10-29-2010, 11:18 AM #4
I know this might be slightly off topic but, what's the best laptop or Netbook (hackintosh) to run snow leopard?
10-29-2010, 11:20 AM #5
And to add to my question: I mean a laptop or Netbook where every driver works. Bluetooth, sound, graphics/video card, USB, cd drive, all applications run like on a normal Mac, etc. Thank you.
10-29-2010, 11:21 AM #6
10-29-2010, 11:22 AM #7
Too bad TSA will never share that little bit of information with that actual screeners. What they tell you that has to come out of your bag varies from airport to airport. Usually the smaller the airport that worse they are.
The ipad is a perfect example. Half the airport I fly out of they tell you before you even go through security it has to come out of the bag. I don't mind doing it, I just hate that most of the screeners have no clue.
10-29-2010, 11:33 AM #8
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10-29-2010, 11:34 AM #9
I travel alot and I believe the reason they do not need the MBA and iPads out is becuase the fact that they are very thin, and I do not think they (terrorists) can use them as explosive devices. When I fly, I have my GPS, iPhone, iTouch in my carry on bag and they never asked me to take those out.
10-29-2010, 12:27 PM #10
Looks like mine wont arrive till the 2ndApples taste good. PwnApples taste better!
10-29-2010, 12:28 PM #11
no tsa....thats pretty sick...VIP STATUS lol
10-29-2010, 01:11 PM #12
10-29-2010, 02:35 PM #13
hmmmm.... that's strange, cause they made me take out my iPad from the carry-onI don't give a damn about Chuck Norris, Spongebob can grill under water!
10-29-2010, 04:39 PM #14
To me TSA employees deciding what has to come out of the bag and what doesn't makes about as much sense as having the supermarket cashier verify your signature on the charge slip against what is on the back of your credit card.
if these people were security or handwriting experts they would not be working in the job they're in. No dis to anyone I just hate stupid bureaucracy.
just thought about what I wrote, guess stupid bureaucracy is a double negative and smart bureaucracy is oxymoron,
guess I better stay out of the airports for a while I think the Backscatter Scanners are cooking my brain.
Last edited by LGgeek; 10-29-2010 at 04:45 PM.I don't drink kool-Aid, I don't join cults.
This is why I break out in cold sweat going to Apple retail store.
10-29-2010, 04:48 PM #15
10-29-2010, 05:39 PM #16
Anyone knows what bag this is? I really like the design of it, it would fit my mba perfectly[Release] Greyscale [iOS4 Ready]
10-29-2010, 06:46 PM #17
So now that they are grounding planes due to finding explosives on multiple planes, I wonder if they are going to allow this?
10-29-2010, 08:32 PM #18
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10-30-2010, 02:32 AM #20
yeah, anyone know what case that is?