“To make a long story short, it turns out the Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) gave some special attention to his new MacBook [Air]. Mac fans would tell you the TSOs simply couldn’t resist getting a closer look at a fine piece of machinery. PC fans would tell you the TSOs are all PC fans and flagged the computer just to hassle the Mac guy. As a security fan, I can tell you that TSOs are trained to look for anomalies. Each TSO X-ray operator sees hundreds of laptops a day and some have been doing this for 6 years. They know what laptops are supposed to look like,” Bob blogs for The TSA Evolution Blog.
MacDailyNews Note: According to the blog, “Bob” started with the TSA in September 2002 and works at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. He started as a Transportation Security Officer (TSO), and has since been promoted to a Supervisory TSO and a Behavior Detection Officer. The TSA Evolution Blog is sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process.
Bob writes, “Here is my theory. Along comes the new MacBook Air. The thing is as thin as a potato chip, and looks completely different than any other laptop the TSOs have ever seen. They are seldom seen at TSA checkpoints due to their newness and the fact that they can be hard to find sometimes.”
“To help prove my theory, I’ve contacted Apple to see if I can process a MacBook Air through an X-ray and see how it looks. If it does indeed look odd, I’m going to take a picture and send it to TSA Training to help avoid future issues with MacBooks. The jury is out for now, but I’ll post an update as soon as I can get my hands on the MacBook Air,” Bob writes. “One thing is for sure though. This was just a case of diligent TSOs paying special attention to something that caught their eye. Exactly what they are trained to do.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JMP” for the heads up.]