I can't seem to locate the source, but this weekend I was reading about the new TSA rules on laptop PC cases that eliminate the need to remove your laptop to pass through airport security. I realize this isn't exactly Digital Home related but certainly digital-traveler related. I simply couldn't visualize a suitable case design when I read that an acceptable case must have a dedicated compartment for the PC, and that the case could have no pockets inside or outside that compartment. It sounded to me as if the rules describe a simple sleeve that certainly wouldn't serve the way my Swiss Army backpack serves. And over the months that stories about a security-friendly case have circulated, I've worried all along that the TSA was going to make a bad situation worse. I'm now pretty sure that my regular security-line delays will get worse rather than better.
Today, I ran across a bit more detail on the bags thanks to tech blog Technologizer . The linked post summarizes the types of bags that might pass muster. It turns out that folding or tri-folding designs may work along with sleeves. Unfortunately I'm still not sure that the possible designs will offer the utility that my backpack offers.
What I am pretty sure of is that the new rules will cause havoc at security check points. Without question there will be more delays as travelers try to send encased notebooks through x-ray only to have agents demand hand inspection. I'll continue to gladly deal with removing my notebook from its case if that act really improves security. But I've always wondered why notebooks must come out when all other sorts of electronic gear can stay packed.