Security Could Get A Bit Easier

TSA will likely let laptops stay in (some) cases
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 5:05 PM CDT
Security Could Get A Bit Easier
A TSA screener looks at a laptop computer that was left behind by a passenger in Newark Liberty International Airport. On an average week at the airport, nearly 300 items get left behind at security.    (AP Photo/Mike Derer)

In a few months, travelers likely will be able to take their laptops through airport security without removing them from their cases—if they buy special new cases, that is. The Transportation Security Administration will probably begin accepting new forms of carrying cases that allow unobstructed x-ray views of the laptop inside, the agency told USA Today.

A common design is a “clamshell” style, with two sides that fold together—one for the laptop alone and one for everything else, so travelers can unfold it and lay it flat for x-raying. The TSA won’t officially approve bags, but says they must allow for an x-ray image "as clear as what you get when a laptop is in a bin." (More TSA stories.)

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