March 15, 2008

TSA Approved Laptop Bag
Miami Beach, United States

An article titled 'TSA launches search for the perfect laptop bag' caught my attention this afternoon, discussing how the Transportation Security Administration is seeking the design of a specialty carry-on laptop bag tailored for their x-ray machines.

The TSA is interested in evaluating—and eventually approving—the design of certain laptop bags, so travelers would be permitted to pass through security checkpoints without having to remove their laptops.

"If TSA was able to eliminate this requirement, it could lower passenger stress levels, increase checkpoint throughput, and reduce the number of claims TSA receives for laptops that have been damaged during screening," said a TSA request for information (RFI) published March 3.

The key is for TSA screeners to be able to view the laptop in a single X-ray image, so the laptop would not need to be placed in a separate TSA bin.

I don't know about you, but I'm sick of the TSA thinking that I should redesign my life around their security checkpoints. That travelers should carry a special TSA laptop bag solely for the purpose of passing it along an occasional conveyor belt, as opposed to something that's useful in every other aspect of a traveler's life. At some point you've got to learn to adapt the technology and process to the clients, not force millions and millions of travelers to jump through ineffective hoops.

Also of note: Another story about a man who missed his flight because a TSA checkpoint was baffled by his new MacBook Air laptop: Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My Flight.


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March 16th, 2008

Don't forget that when you are entering the u.s. from a different country, customs can search the contents of your laptop

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May 20th, 2008

We have a checkpoint friendly laptop bag

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May 21st, 2008

U.S. Customs still has the judicial approval to search contents of a laptop at a border or airport checkpoint. Has nothing to do with TSA and security-friendly bags. Absurd, but there are ways around it. Simplest: Run Linux. They won't have a clue what to do and will probably leave you alone. Best: Run TrueCrypt. Open source encryption works beautifully, and you can encrypt a disk within a disk for added security if you're coerced into giving up the outer drive's encryption password. I hate the government's invasion of privacy.

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Craig |

May 22nd, 2008

I was reading about this topic in depth a week or so ago and getting rather pissed. Running TrueCrypt is an excellent tool & suggestion.

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