You probably remember Monday’s news piece in reference to the man who, when traveling to San Jose, missed his flight because of his MacBook Air.
He passed through security with no problems ; his laptop did not. He was pulled aside so they could examine “the device”.
"There’s no drive. And no ports on the back. It has a couple of lines where the drive should be"
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) are not, it turns out, well versed in the ways of the SSD.
Long story short, Michael Nygard missed his flight because the TSA didn’t know what a MacBook Air was.
Well, don’t worry ; they’re working to rectify the problem. The offical TSA blog [in other news, the TSA has a blog ?! -Ed], posted a piece saying that they’re trying to get their hands on a review unit of the MBA so that they can prevent mishaps like this from happening in the future.
We turn to Bob from the TSA blog for more on this slightly amusing topic,
“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.”
There you go. While it won’t be long ’til they’ll be cleared for take of (that’s if Apple will give them one), for now, all MacBook Airs are grounded [you’re fired –Ed.
Visit the TSA blog (where their motto is "Terrorists Evolve. Threats Evolve. Security Must Stay Ahead. You Play A Part.") by clicking here.