TSA clears 11.6-inch MacBook Air for airport security

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air is definitely Apple's most portable laptop yet now that it has been cleared to pass through airport security without having to be removed from carry-on luggage for screening.

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air is definitely Apple's most portable laptop yet now that it has been cleared to pass through airport security without having to be removed from carry-on luggage for screening.

According to CNN, the MacBook Air falls into the smaller gadget category (even if Steve Jobs doesn't want to label it as a "netbook"), meaning it doesn't have to be removed from knapsacks and suitcases to go through the X-ray machine like larger laptops and gaming consoles.

While this is certainly welcome news for frequent travelers with this device, don't be surprised if a TSA official asks you to remove it anyway, especially within the next couple of weeks. You know that's bound to happen.

The iPad has already been given such clearance (even if it did cause a stir in a few places), but a verdict on the DVD-less and hard drive-less 13-inch MacBook Air hasn't been determined yet.

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