Airport Inspectors Can't Believe MacBook Air is a Real Computer, Acceleration at Work

March 11 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 10

Chalk this one up to accelerating change. Engadget reports that the owner of a super-thin Macbook Air laptop was held up by disbelieving TSA inspectors for such a long time that he wound up missing his flight.

Certainly the Air is a cool, nearly mind-blowing product, but don’t you think these folks should’ve grabbed another computer, hopped on the Mac site and confirmed that yes, this impossible consumer technology is actually real? That would’ve taken all of what, 3 minutes?

I’m already starting to feel bad for the airport screeners of 5 years from now. Imagine the new products and micro-technologies they’ll be required to identify and guard against. No longer will $8/hour (even if it is mostly for show nowadays) for an airport screener suffice, unless of course the scanning devices they employ improve very quickly.

Comment Thread (2 Responses)

  1. I’m sorry but that’s ridiculous. Who hasn’t seen the commercial or the ads online (and had to keep themselves from drooling)?!? I’m surprised they didn’t say which airport it was – I’d be interested to know what part of the world is living in such a dark cave.

    Posted by: Marisa Vitols   March 11, 2008
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  2. I call shenanigans. First, it is not even the thinnest laptop of all time. And second, even if it was, why would inspectors have a problem with it? What, it cannot be a computer, it has to be a bomb or something?

    Posted by: johnfrink   March 11, 2008
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