New Bags Let Laptop Users Fly Through Security

TSA is on board with a few different models
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 4:10 PM CDT
TSA workers screen passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle in this May 31, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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(Newser) – Eagerly awaited "checkpoint friendly" luggage is at last in the pipeline, and travelers will be able to clear airport security without removing laptops from their bags by September or October, the New York Times reports. The TSA-approved bags allow security personnel to see computers on X-ray machines through either protective sleeves or fold-down sections in bigger cases.

The cheapest checkpoint friendly product, in a backpack, costs $39. The one-fourth of travelers who carry laptops could see their burdens eased by the accessory upgrade. And the TSA director said benefits will accrue to security also: “Threats have a hard time hiding in a calm environment. Chaos is great camouflage.”