In an effort to improve security after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the organizers of next week's Comdex trade show have banned the most ubiquitous of technology tools: laptop computers.
"This year at Comdex Fall, expect to see more security," states a notice on the Comdex Web site. "Security officers will be roving the conferences and marketplace floor."
In addition, the organizers advise visitors to "please leave bags, briefcases, backpacks, laptops, etc. at home or in your hotel room." People carrying purses and fanny packs must enter through a separate security check.
Attendees will be able to collect literature and freebees in "plastic bags" distributed by vendors, but they will not be able to leave the show floor and return with the bags. A bag check will be available at the convention center.
In addition to banning laptops and bags from the show, Comdex organizers are instituting even tougher restrictions for the keynote speeches.
"No bags of any kind will be allowed in any of the keynote programs," the site states. "This includes backpacks, laptop bags, shopping bags, briefcases, etc. No cameras will be allowed."