As of this Saturday, some airline passengers will not have to remove their laptops at airport checkpoints.
Some very special passengers….
Yes, the Transportation Security Administration has decided that "checkpoint-friendly" laptop cases are okay now.
What the hell is a "checkpoint-friendly" laptop case, you ask?
It’s one an X-ray machine can easily see through. The TSA is not certifying or approving any particular brand of laptop cases per se. Instead, they published guidelines for the checkpoint-friendly cases, requiring that they provide a clear and uncluttered view of the laptop through an X-ray machine.
So passengers with these special cases will be free to go through security without opening it for inspection. The policy change by the TSA could shorten security lines for the 2 million U.S. passengers who fly every day and reduce incidents in which laptops are damaged, lost or forgotten in airports.
"There's going to be an education issue with consumers. Some people won't understand what checkpoint-friendly is," said vice president for marketing at Briggs & Riley Travelware Jim Lahren, who confirmed his company is making embroidered "checkpoint-friendly" labels for cases, which will be in stores by the end of the month.