TSA Okays Keeping Portable Gadgets in Your Carry-On

Paul Lilly

The TSA has some good news for frequent fliers. The next time you catch a flight from Hereville to Thereville, you'll be able to leave your iPad, netbook, and other similar size electronics in your carry-on luggage during checkpoint screening.

"Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their case. It's that simple," Blogger Bob from the TSA Blog Team wrote .

So what exactly are you allowed to keep tucked inside your bag? The TSA lists a handful of items, including "iPads, Kindles, Neos, Nooks, Sony Readers, etc." Other items, such as a PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, full-size DVD players, and video cameras that use video cassettes will still need to be removed. Also, if you don't want someone else putting their grubby paws all over your smaller sized gadgets, be sure to pack appropriately.

"It’s important to remember, however, that our officers are trained to look for anomalies to help keep air travel safe, and if something needs a closer look, it will receive secondary screening. The key to avoiding bag searches is keeping the clutter down. The less clutter you have in your bag, the less likely it will be searched."

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