updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu October 28, 2010
Puts Air in league with netbooks
The 11-inch MacBook Air can stay in a bag while being taken through airport security, the Transportation Security Administration has ruled. Because the computer is "smaller than a standard-size laptop," according to TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball, it does not have to be scanned separately during the X-ray process. Normally, policies require larger electronics to be taken out of a bag so a scanner can get a clearer shot.
The decision puts the 11-inch Air in the same league as netbooks, and should allow owners to pass through screening faster. Rules for whether or not the 13-inch Air might be allowed to stay in a bag have yet to be established, however. "If someone has a lot of stuff in their bag, it's sometimes difficult to get a clear view of it," Kimball elaborates. "It might need additional screening."