The holidays are a great time of the year, but it's also a potential headache for anyone trying to travel by air to see their loved ones. We're subjected to a number of inconveniences in getting through airport security these days, and sometimes a handy iOS device is the only thing to keep us sane during those inevitable delays. But you may want to keep your iPad close: the TSA seems to have a bit of a theft problem on its hands.
Well, that's embarrassing! As part of a sting operation conducted by ABC News, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint in Orlando was tracked 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer who last handled it.
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!
Normally the guardians of the checkpoint in airports require that electronics be removed from their cases before crossing over into the terminal. However, the TSA is not requiring that iPads be taken out (no matter how proud you are of it).