TSA Refuses To Explain Why You Have To Take Your Laptop Out Of Your Bag But Not Your iPad

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Lisa Simeone, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Forbes: TSA Refuses To Explain Why You Have To Take Your Laptop Out Of Your Bag But Not Your iPad
    by Kashmir Hill

    Luckily, she's not buying what the TSA is selling. But some of the commenters are.

    Here's the best part, though:
  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Maybe it's because even TSA doesn't know why. One of those "we've always done it this way" arguments.
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  3. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    That totally convinces me to believe fully I am 'safe' in their hands in every way possible.:rolleyes:
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  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Here's an excellent comment on the article:

    Written by any one we know?
  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I have been urging this from the get-go. Slow down the line. Don't cooperate. Don't acquiesce. Do the least amount possible. That was also part of the point of Opt-Out Day. But of course I got slammed for it at the Cogblog and elsewhere. The sheeple blame you, not the TSA. Guaranteed.

    It's classic. Classic reaction to authoritarianism.
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  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Of course TSA doesn't know why laptops have to be removed from bags, unless the idea is to help identify the best ones for TSA screeners to steal. It is the same with shoes, there is almost zero odds that someone would have a shoe bomb but TSA wants your shoes in a bin, uncluttered with other items, while the shoes in your carry-on bag are perfectly visible.
    TSA doesn't try defending these ridiculous policies because they can't. Just look at some of the responses given by Rugape (West/GSOLTSO) on the TSA blog when asked similar questions.

    If a demonstration of stupidity is what you are looking for then TSA is your agency.
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  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Blogger Boob is now addressing this issue:

    As well, he addressed the question of deliberately slowing down the lines, in a backassed way:

  8. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Yeah, sure. No doubt a bazooka artfully concealed in a laptop, clever terrorists.

    Gee with all of the horn blowing they do when they find a spent bullet cartridge surely you'd think they would have publicized this.
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  9. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Don't you love how Bubble-head Bob puts this...

    ...as if the passengers are always trying to get away with that (expletive deleted)! C'mon son!:rolleyes:
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  10. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Now you know why buzzards don't fly on airplanes. (they're only allowed ONE carrion).
  11. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    OOOoooh, you're BAD ! (in a :cool: sorta way)
  12. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Brings back more memories of Carlin on air travel. "The first time I heard 'carry-on' luggage, I thought 'Is someone bringing a dead deer on the plane?'"
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  13. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    GROAN! 30 lashes with a silk cat-o-nine for that awful pun.
  14. Ciarin

    Ciarin Member

    The reason is because laptops make it harder to see through. ipads are thin and it's not hard to see through on the Xray. When your laptop is the only thing in the bag(or in one of those airport friendly bags that zip apart) you don't have to take it out, cause we can clearly see through it. A lot of times people will take their laptop out of the bag and then put the bag(with other stuff in it) on top of the laptop, so it has to be rerun again separately to see the image better. But if you got like 3 or more iPads in a bag, it's probably going to be rerun with some separation to make it better to see though.

    The point is to be able to clear the bag by using the image on the xray, the less clutter you have in the bag, the easier it is.
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  15. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    yet other countries who have encountered terrorist plots/attacks at a much higher rate then the US dont have this idiocy. Never have had to strip down my camera or laptop bag any any other country except for the US. Also dont have to deal with yelling barking or other unprofessional behavior either.
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  16. Ciarin

    Ciarin Member

    I had to take out my laptop when I went to england and germany.
  17. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    All laptops will be moving to the thin format and using flash drives instead of hard disks, just like iPad. But I'd expect to see at least a three to five year lag before the morons at TSA figure that out.
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  18. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I've decided that if I ever fly again under this regime, I am doing everything to make life hard for all of the AFS cowards in line, and especially the officious martinets manning the lines.

    I'm leaving my laptop and my liquids in my bag. I'm locking these bags with non-approved locks so they can't get to them without me. And I'm standing at the entrance to the bag scanning machine, holding up my belongings, and the line, until my groper arrives. If I have to wait an average of 10-15 minutes for a groper, then the whole damn operation can come to a stop. And then they can squirt and squirm over my belongings until I'm available to unlock them. After all, I'm not allowed to touch my bags until I've been cleared. Too bad. So sad.
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  19. Ciarin

    Ciarin Member

    I think they would just skip you in line.
  20. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I'd love to see them try. It's hard to skip someone blocking the entrance to the baggage x-ray machine. What, will they just shut that one down, with a line behind it, and tell the 100 or so people in line behind me to get behind the 100 people in the other line?

    This is the height of stupidity.
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