Travelers heading through airport security soon may be spending less time in line, thanks to new rules that allow laptop computers in "checkpoint-friendly" bags to pass through X-ray machines without being pulled out for inspection.
The move marks perhaps the first time the federal government has responded to traveler opinion expressed primarily via an Internet blog – in this case, the Transportation Security Administration's "Evolution of Security" blog. Launched in January as a place for travelers to air their grievances regarding airport security procedures, it has received tens of thousands of comments from members of the traveling public.
"The overwhelming feedback we received is that taking laptops out of their cases is for many travelers one of the most frustrating parts of checkpoint screening," said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez. "So we approached the (travel) industry to see what they could do to help."
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