Major Change: The TSA Stops Being Crazy

Posted: Apr 9 2010, 11:03am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:30pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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Okay, so maybe that title is a bit hyperbolic. The Transport Security Administration is still crazier than a sack full of weasels, but they've made one major common sense concession to the information age. While they still force us to turn off all our gadgets during take-off and landing (something which has no real purpose) their bag-checking requirements have gotten less crazy.

They've just announced that E-Readers, netbooks, tablets, and other small electronic devices do NOT need to be removed from their bag. If your gadget is smaller than a standard laptop, it won't need to be removed from its bag or case. There's no word on whether or not this extends to ultraportable laptops, but we should probably assume it doesn't.

Large electronic devices, like gaming consoles or DVD players or big-ass old school video cameras, will still need to be checked. And you'll still have to turn all of your gadgets off during take-off and landing. Hey, you can't expect the TSA to suddenly be rational about everything.

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