U.S. airport security loves Apple’s 11-inch MacBook Air; leave it in your bag and sail on through

Apple Online StorePhilip Elmer-DeWitt reprots for Fortune, “Here’s another reason to like Apple’s new entry-level 11.6-inch MacBook Air — besides the 5-hour battery life (30-days standby), relatively cool operating temperature, nearly instant-on flash memory, 2.3-pound avoirdupois and $999 price tag: You can take it through U.S. airport security checkpoints without removing it from your bag.”

“Based solely on its diminutive dimensions, the Transit Security Agency, in its wisdom, has told CNN that it considers the 11.6-inch model as a ‘small gadget’ — along with the iPad… The 13.3-inch MacBook Air, however, is too big to pass,” P.E.D. reports.

Full article here.

34 Comments

  1. U.S. airport security classifies the Apple’s 11-inch MBA as a “netbook” due to it’s small form factor, unable to carry enough explosives in the inside to do any significant damage to a aircraft.

    They don’t universally “love it” or care otherwise except for some who own one, this article is just fluff writing/advertising and really insults readers intelligence.

    I’m making a note not to buy or read Fortune magazine or did MDN write that headline?

  2. U.S. airport security classifies the Apple’s 11-inch MBA as a “netbook” due to it’s small form factor, unable to carry enough explosives in the inside to do any significant damage to a aircraft.

    They don’t universally “love it” or care otherwise except for some who own one, this article is just fluff writing/advertising and really insults readers intelligence.

    I’m making a note not to buy or read Fortune magazine or did MDN write that headline?

  3. I’ve always wondered about what is so ineffective about the scanners in the US that we have to remove our laptops from their bags. If that little bit of nylon is enough to confuse the scanners, then we are in real trouble!

  4. I’ve always wondered about what is so ineffective about the scanners in the US that we have to remove our laptops from their bags. If that little bit of nylon is enough to confuse the scanners, then we are in real trouble!

  5. This is great. Now get them to stop bombarding us with x-rays just because we want to board a flight and travel somewhere.

    What’s up next, pre-boarding colonoscopies?

  6. This is great. Now get them to stop bombarding us with x-rays just because we want to board a flight and travel somewhere.

    What’s up next, pre-boarding colonoscopies?

  7. @Bizzaro
    I am wondering why they make a differentiation between the 11″ & 13″ model. I guess they need to draw the line somewhere, but it looks like there is plenty of room inside the 11″ if they replace the batteries with 4 little bricks of plastic explosive. I cant see where the disparity between the sizes would make that much of a difference. The amount of space in the 11″ would allow for enough of the right explosive to cause trouble.

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