iPad is TSA-friendly; no need for removal at security checkpoints

After a tweet from Charlene Li informed travellers worldwide that the iPad didn't have to be put in a separate bin at airport security checkpoints because it lacked a hard drive and CPU, many have questioned the TSA policy that requires passengers to remove laptops from their cases for inspection. 

In its PR blog, Blogger Bob, the TSA answered the question very simply. 

"Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their cases. It’s that simple."

Citing the proliferation and ubiquity of small digital communication devices, the TSA understands that requiring the removal of any device that has computing power will lead airport security down a slippery slope. A line has to be drawn, and the TSA draws it at the standard size of a laptop. 

While one could criticize the decision of the TSA to allow the iPad through security without separate screening, there is no denying the huge marketing boost this gives Apple; they can now add "travel friendly" to their list of reasons to buy an iPad. This advantage will be a key selling point once the 3G-capable iPad is released, making the already portable iPad even more convenient for frequent travelers. 

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I don't know why everybody's going on about netbooks. Last time I flew my daughter brought hers with her and security didn't have any issue with it at all.

I dont see how this can be a "key selling point" if other small gadgets like e-readers and netbooks get the same treatment.

So are they screening for CPUs and hardisks or are they screening for weapons and explosives? This sure seems like red flag to terrorists to be sure to hide there things in an iPad or anything smaller than a laptop, ****ing morons running security...

cpenner said,
Want to blow up an airport? There's an app for that.

Imagine a application that overheats the iPad to make it explode.

Hey, anything is possible.

Dead'Soul said,
they will continue to check netbooks, IMO

It doesn't matter what your opinion is. Either they will or they won't.

spengbab said,
Oh wonderful, another article about the iPad.
Correction:


Another BS article about the POS iPad.

Edited by war, Apr 7 2010, 10:37pm :

lawtai said,
You'd think, but you have to take it out and show them netbooks.

Guess I was wrong, saw something that saw netbooks were excluded too.

majortom1981 said,
So this would go for a 9 inch netbook that is smaller then the ipad right?

Well, last trip y made I told the the nice customs lady about my nine incher, and she didn't seem to mind.... so mileage may vary.

Mr.Ed

neufuse said,
no seperate scanning huh? yeah just wait the next bomb will somehow be an iPad now that they said that....

Stop stealing my ideas...

neufuse said,
no seperate scanning huh? yeah just wait the next bomb will somehow be an iPad now that they said that....

There's an app for that

neufuse said,
no seperate scanning huh? yeah just wait the next bomb will somehow be an iPad now that they said that....

I agree. It's totally counterproductive to publicly announce that you will be paying less attention to a specific item, because now said item (iPad) can be targeted as a prime tool for hiding something.

I've been asked to take out my camera and netbook before now, they're below the standard laptop size. maybe its just a US thing

Colin-uk said,
I've been asked to take out my camera and netbook before now, they're below the standard laptop size. maybe its just a US thing


Both products, I imagine, have more stacked components. The iPad is very flat, and from the looks of it, the insides are pretty flat and simple.

jasondefaoite said,
Er... but it does have a CPU

I think he means that it doesn't have a traditional CPU/Socket chipset. The processor in the iPad is welded to the main circuit board just like in a cell phone. I think...

Benjamin Rubenstein said,

I think he means that it doesn't have a traditional CPU/Socket chipset. The processor in the iPad is welded to the main circuit board just like in a cell phone. I think...

The tweet was a little tongue-in-cheek. It was poking fun at the TSA agent who obviously has l33t hardware skilz.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,

I think he means that it doesn't have a traditional CPU/Socket chipset. The processor in the iPad is welded to the main circuit board just like in a cell phone. I think...

Yup.. i think thats exactly how it is..

Benjamin Rubenstein said,

I think he means that it doesn't have a traditional CPU/Socket chipset. The processor in the iPad is welded to the main circuit board just like in a cell phone. I think...

So is the processor in many (probably most) netbooks and even many older (such as G4) Apple notebooks. And I wonder about their "standard size laptop" claim as well, since that would seem to exclude netbooks as well.

roadwarrior said,
So is the processor in many (probably most) netbooks and even many older (such as G4) Apple notebooks. And I wonder about their "standard size laptop" claim as well, since that would seem to exclude netbooks as well.

Actually, it's even soldered in on a large number of standard notebooks (particularly the smaller budget ones).