Time to buy a new laptop bag for flying

The TSA has been working for the past few months to relax one of the most annoying rules that they enforce at the checkpoints – the need to remove a laptop from a bag to have it screened.  As of today their policy has officially changed.  Now, if you buy a special bag, you can leave your laptop in it for the screening.  I’m glad that we’re making some progress, but it seems that the TSA has been responsible for a number industries popping up or growing significantly, from the RubberMaid contract for those gray bins to the ZipLoc 1 quart baggie sales increases.  Now they’re apparently branching out into luggage, too.

And, the TSA still reserves the right to arbitrarily and randomly ignore this rule in the name of their layers of security, so no guarantees….

Given TSA’s use of random screening protocols, TSA reserves the right to re-screen any bag or laptop regardless of the design of the bag.

I’m not buying a new bag just for this.  Seems like a waste at many levels.  I’ll check out what the options are next time I’m actually in the market for a bag, but the sample models I’ve seen thus far don’t look all that promising.  I wonder when the USA will catch up with the rest of the world that doesn’t have this ridiculous requirement.  I wonder if the other screeners are just better than ours or if they just realize that it is a stupid requirement.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.