You and Your Laptop
You and Your Laptop: All Aboard
Obviously, there is more focus on security at airports than ever before. Carry-on items are being checked with incredible scrutiny, and for the millions of business travelers who have become accustomed to toting along their laptop computers when they fly, the increase in security has prompted significant changes in pre-boarding procedures.
To follow are 5 simple suggestions for moving your portable computer equipment through airport security with fewer hassles and less worry:
1) As has always been the case, do not be concerned about putting your notebook computer through the airports X-ray machine. Even though some X-ray machines may be more sensitive than they were in the past, any computer expert you ask will tell you that running your computer through an X-ray checkpoint will not damage the computer.
2) Do not turn your laptop computer on before going through airport security, unless you are specifically asked to do so. Theres no reason to take a chance that your data could be disrupted or your computers operating features could be jeopardized simply because the computer is turned on as its being checked.
3) Be prepared to remove your laptop from its case. Todays airport security often involves agents physically looking inside carry-on luggage. Mainly because youll be more careful with your expensive piece of equipment than an agent is likely to be, its better that you remove the computer yourself...so remember to keep at least one hand free to handle your computer.
4) Make sure not to lose sight of your laptop as it moves through security. Newly expanded security procedures have resulted in a certain amount of confusion at airport gates, and that has created opportunities for thieves to steal valuable computer gear.
5) Identify your laptop and its case clearly, perhaps by putting a piece of brightly colored tape on each piece of your equipment. Once again, in the confusion that has been created by new and more extensive security procedures, some business travelers find themselves picking up the wrong notebook computer after passing through a security checkpoint.