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TSA Doesn't Want to See Your Little MacBook Air

If you've travelled anywhere going through an airport, you'll know that the security scanning procedures now demand that you take your laptop out of your bag and place it in a plastic bin so that it can be scanned separately.

According to CNN's talk with a Transportation Security Administration spokesman, however, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, along with the iPad, do not need to be removed for your baggage when undergoing scanning.

One early adopter of the iPad who went through airport security said that she was told that her Apple tablet didn't need to be scanned separately because it "doesn't have a CPU or hard drive."

Of course, the MacBook Air doesn't have a hard drive either, instead relying on solid state storage. It does, however, have a CPU – albeit an old one. But that's not the official reasoning from the TSA.

The reason that the 11.6-inch MacBook Air can stay in your bag is because it is "smaller than a standard-size laptop," which puts it in the same category as netbooks.

Despite having nearly the same internal design, the 13.3-inch MacBook Air doesn't get the free pass and must be removed from one's bag.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • TheWhiteRose000
    XD

    Good to know?
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  • alyoshka
    Don't these guys know???? The things they are letting go thru have edges as sharp as knives????
    Funny, you can't carry a scissors into a plane but you can carry a MacAir...
    Yeah , we know, Laptops are bigger and can easily be used to conceal a weapon in but what if the shape itself is and can be used as a weapon??? we've heard a dozed people getting cut by the MacAir.... don't the security guys have any gray matter what so ever?
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  • alyoshka
    lol!!^^ sorry typo " we've heard of a dozen people...... " :)
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  • damasvara
    alyoshkaDon't these guys know???? The things they are letting go thru have edges as sharp as knives????Funny, you can't carry a scissors into a plane but you can carry a MacAir...Yeah , we know, Laptops are bigger and can easily be used to conceal a weapon in but what if the shape itself is and can be used as a weapon??? we've heard a dozed people getting cut by the MacAir.... don't the security guys have any gray matter what so ever?Yes, I can imagine it now... An iBoomerang... :lol:

    :lol: on the typo too. Good thing you revised it. ;)
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  • jsc
    That may be official policy, but I have had to pull my netbook out of my carryon bag each time I have flown.

    I will be flying again in a couple of days. I'll see what happens.
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  • jj463rd
    But what about the battery in the Macbook Air as it would make a good igniter for something else?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DcpANRFrI4
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  • r3t4rd
    What about the exploding iPhones/iPods/Mac Books? Explosions in Aircrafts...isn't that bad?
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  • amdfangirl
    Given the current security fiasco I'm not surprised security is so awful.
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  • klavis
    I would make a point to pull it out anyways and make a hassle out of it to annoying the annoying people doing the annoying screening.
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  • Travis Beane
    Given how dangerous lithium batteries can be, and yet I can't bring my razors or toothpaste on a local flight in Canada...
    So, how long will it take to drive instead?
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