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.