I’d Rather Pick My Own Laptop Bag, But…

The idea of TSA "designing" laptop bags isn’t the swiftest, but getting one that would eliminate the ordeal of separate inspections would be a major improvement:

Relief may be on the way for the one-quarter of the flying public who routinely carry laptop computers through airport security checkpoints and currently are required to remove their laptops from their protective carrying bags.

The Transportation Security Administration is interested in evaluating — and eventually approving –- the design of certain laptop bags, so travelers would be permitted to pass through security checkpoints without having to remove their laptops.

"If TSA was able to eliminate this requirement, it could lower passenger stress levels, increase checkpoint throughput, and reduce the number of claims TSA receives for laptops that have been damaged during screening," said a TSA request for information (RFI) published March 3.

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