New TSA Laptop Security Checkpoint Policy Begins Saturday
The new rules are fairly simple: Whatever bag your laptop is in must give the X-Ray scanners an unobstructed view of the device. So, if your bag has an AC adapter, 50 pens of various colors, two in-flight magazines, and a flattened danish all thrown together, you're still going to have to take it out for separate scanning. But, if you have a sleeve-style case, or something that puts all the accessories off to one side, you can just run the bag right through.
There are a wide range of TSA-approved bags. Some simply won't carry your accessories (like a sleeve), and others are designed to hold the laptop in some sort of removable or folding compartment that sits flat on the scanner. We don't expect that many travelers will have these bags at first, but they should become standard fare before the year is out, hopefully cutting down on those atrocious LAX security lines! [Source: USA Today]