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TSA: We Don't Need to See Your Netbooks, Tablets

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 37 comments

The TSA has published a blog post detailing what customers traveling with netbooks, ereaders, tablets and "other small gadgets" can expect when they're going through security.

Blogger Bob over on the TSA blog said they'd been getting a lot of questions regarding traveling with ereaders, tablets and netbooks. Specifically, people were wondering if they had to remove these items from their cases, like you're required to do when traveling with a laptop. Earlier this week, one analyst traveling with an iPad was told by the TSA that she didn't have to take her iPad out and put it in a separate bin. She said TSA had told her this was because "it doesn't have a CPU or a hard drive." A lot of people were surprised and wondered if this was actually the case.

Blogger Bob clears things up:

"Great question! Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their cases. It’s that simple.

Only electronics the size of a standard laptop or larger (for example Playstation®, Xbox™, or Nintendo®), full-size DVD players, and video cameras that use video cassettes must be removed from their carrying cases and submitted separately for x-ray screening. Removing larger electronics helps us get a better look at them and also allows us to get a better look at the contents of your bag. If you you have a TSA "checkpoint friendly" laptop bag, you can leave your laptop in.)"

Bob goes on to say that if the TSA officials see anything out of the ordinary, they might still need to have a closer look. However, for the most part, those of you traveling with netbooks, iPads, HP Slates, and Kindles should be just fine.

Read the full post here.

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    Humans think , April 8, 2010 4:06 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?

    Even TSA knows that it is not a real CPU :p 
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    JMcEntegart , April 8, 2010 4:12 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?


    Blood of the innocent.
  • 26 Hide
    smacks forehead , April 8, 2010 4:02 PM
    No CPU? What does it run on, magic?
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  • 26 Hide
    smacks forehead , April 8, 2010 4:02 PM
    No CPU? What does it run on, magic?
  • 32 Hide
    Humans think , April 8, 2010 4:06 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?

    Even TSA knows that it is not a real CPU :p 
  • 21 Hide
    Camikazi , April 8, 2010 4:11 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?

    Magic Faerie Dust!
  • 28 Hide
    JMcEntegart , April 8, 2010 4:12 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?


    Blood of the innocent.
  • 2 Hide
    nforce4max , April 8, 2010 4:19 PM
    Sure just pass it through one of those scanners.


    Down with the TSA porn machines aka body scanners.
  • 6 Hide
    B-Unit , April 8, 2010 4:33 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?

    Freshly harvested livers...

    OOPS!
  • 11 Hide
    warmon6 , April 8, 2010 4:35 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?


    the "force". Now if we could only use Jedi mind tricks on apple to lower there prices. :p  :lol:  jk
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    calmstateofmind , April 8, 2010 4:38 PM
    Hmmm, I wonder what that A4 thingy is then...
  • 13 Hide
    tsnorquist , April 8, 2010 4:46 PM
    I was under the impression it was powered by Apple juice.
  • 4 Hide
    Tedders , April 8, 2010 5:03 PM
    So my netbook isn't dangerous, but my laptop could be. K...??
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    digitalrazoe , April 8, 2010 5:05 PM
    Seriously ... who picks these people ? No CPU .. are you kidding me ? WE are trusting the security to fly in the US and abroad... They make me take my digital recorder out !!! NO CPU ? TSA PLEASE !!! so .. an intel Atom is NOT a cpu ? REALLY ? I really would like to read what their definition of CPU is ...
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    sliem , April 8, 2010 5:06 PM
    No CPU... of course, it's a iZombie
  • 3 Hide
    digitalrazoe , April 8, 2010 5:10 PM
    Airport security seems to be ran by iZombies... there are a few good ones that actually "gets it" the other 95% of them -- I question their mental metal ...
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    counselmancl , April 8, 2010 5:30 PM
    smacks foreheadNo CPU? What does it run on, magic?

    It runs on dreams and wishes harvested from orphaned children.
  • 6 Hide
    dman3k , April 8, 2010 5:32 PM
    If you're a middle-eastern looking person, even your toothbrush will be rigorously examined. You might as well just walk into the airport naked and without baggage.
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    borisof007 , April 8, 2010 5:43 PM
    I'm a huge PC Gamer, and I love taking my full sized tower with me when I go see my brother in Pennsylvania. It's always so awkward though when going through security because.... I mean cmon, who the hell brings a full tower on an airplane?
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    bayouboy , April 8, 2010 5:45 PM
    Every time I fly, TSA had me take my PMP out of it's case and put into a separate bin because they say it is just like a laptop even though it is a handheld device. My PMP is far smaller than a tablet or a iPad. So, if the TSA is no saying that tablets/iPads don't need to be taken out of their case, I guess my PMP won't need to either anymore. However, until now TSA has told me that all devices were to be treated as a laptop.
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    nebun , April 8, 2010 5:53 PM
    wow, do you know how much damage you can do with the amount of explosive you can stuff in an ipad or ereader??? trust me, while in flight it's a lot of damage. TSA needs to scan these things and make sure that these things are indeed what they are designed to be
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    noodlegts , April 8, 2010 6:14 PM
    Ugh... even if you're not going to scan them... don't tell us!

    It's like they WANT the terrorists to know where to hide explosives...

    FAIL
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    noodlegts , April 8, 2010 6:23 PM
    Lol @ the guy who says it runs on the force.

    "These are not the droids you are looking for."
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