TSA approves new checkpoint friendly cases for laptops

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Annoyed at having to take your laptop out of its bag at airport security? The Transportation Security Administration is offering a new option.

To help streamline X-ray inspection lines, the TSA will now allow travelers to leave their computers inside "checkpoint friendly" cases.

TSA says it's asked bag manufacturers to design laptop cases that would provide a clear, unobstructed image of the computer as it passes through an X-ray machine. The agency says the new bags will be available for purchase this month.

To qualify as "checkpoint friendly," a bag must have a designated laptop-only section that unfolds to lie flat on the X-ray machine belt. It can't have metal snaps, zippers, or buckles or pockets. Mobile Edge, Skooba Design and Targus are all selling TSA-approved bags.

The new rules take effect August 16th.

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