Couple of interesting things about that story of the MacBook Air owner who got stopped at an airport security checkpoint. First and foremost, TSA was doing it’s job, which is to single out things that don’t fit a known profile, which the Air certainly does not. Second, this story got so much attention because their is a willing and able group of pundits who will jump on any opportunity to criticize a government agency, especially TSA.
If we are going to judge TSA then it should be on their results. The facts remain clear, there have been no major security breaches on U.S. airlines despite 75,000+ (I think that number is right) commercial flights in the U.S. daily, and millions of air travelers. TSA continues to invest in new technology and processes without sacrificing safety. All things considered, TSA is a success (even if it is also a bloated government agency that does have occasional ass-hattery.)
Lastly, TSA has a pretty cool blog. (link via Engadget)
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.