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TSA to allow laptops with X-ray-friendly cases

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Fri August 15, 2008

TSA approves X-ray cases

The Transportation Security Administration has published guidelines on what kind of laptop bags would be able to go through airport X-ray machines without travelers having to take their laptops out, according to a Thursday report. Instead of approving or endorsing specific styles or brands of laptop bags, the TSA is posting guidelines online and at checkpoints as to the design of the carriers that will allow X-ray machines to peer inside them.

Companies that make "Checkpoint-friendly" cases are expected to attach labels that advertise the fact. The agency foresees faster processing times for travelers once it educates travelers which laptop bags will be "Checkpoint Friendly."

The new policy will come into effect at 450 commercial airports in the US starting on Saturday, August 16.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    These specific "Checkpoint Friendly" pieces of luggage wouldn't happen to be made by Halliburton by any chance, would they?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and what does it matter?

    they are still going to confiscate it for an indefinite period of time

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how about

    a "Civil Rights Friendly" TSA????

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Checkpoint-friendly laptops must:
    • Have a compartment holding only the laptop; there can be no accessories, such as papers, pens or cellphones inside.
    • Be able to lie flat on an X-ray belt.
    • Contain no metal snaps, zippers or buckles in the laptop compartment.
    • Have no pockets inside or outside of the laptop compartment. "

    So, basically, you're allowed to keep your laptop in a sleeve now? Those rules do not allow for a "laptop case" at all!

  1. Paul Selden

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I came through Heathrow T4 yesterday (Saturday August 16) and the instruction was NOT to remove laptops from carry-on bags. Great!

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