Earlier this year, the Transportation Security Administration relaxed a few of the protocols surrounding the inspection of electronic devices being brought on board of an aircraft. The long and short of it is that if your device is smaller than a "standard sized laptop" there was no longer a need to remove them from your bag when going through a security checkpoint. For travelers who tote an iPad, Kindle or Nook on their journeys, this was very good news. Hey gang, isn't the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air smaller than a standard sized laptop? Game on!
That's right: according to the Transportation Security Administration, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air can be slotted into the "small and portable electronics category," meaning that, as is also the case with the iPad, there's no need to plop it into one of those scuzzy gray bins before a security officer runs it through an x-ray.
Sadly, owners of the new 13-inch iteration of the MacBook Air won't be receiving the same streamlined treatment when they go through security. Because of the dimensions of the 11.6-inch's chunkier cousin, road warriors will have to either put their Apple branded goods on display for all the world to see or travel with a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag before you'll be allowed to board their flight.