Transportation Security Administration

Airport security loves MacBook Air

October 29, 2010: 8:10 AM ET

The 11-inch model can stay in your bag and sail through checkpoints (but not the 13-inch)

Photo: Ian Smith, PNG. Inset: Apple Inc.

Here's another reason to like Apple's (AAPL) new entry-level 11.6-inch MacBook Air -- besides the 5-hour battery life (30-days standby), relatively cool operating temperature, nearly instant-on flash memory, 2.3-pound avoirdupois and $999 price tag:

You can take it through U.S. airport security checkpoints without removing it from your bag.

Based solely on its diminutive dimensions, the Transportation Security Administration, in its wisdom, has told CNN that it classifies the 11.6-inch model as a "small gadget" -- along with the iPad, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, Barnes & Noble's (BKS) Nook, Sony's (SNE) Reader and most netbooks.

The 13.3-inch MacBook Air, however, is too big to pass,

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