Laptop or iPad? Airport Security Says iPads Can Stay In BagsApril 8th, 2010 - 7:49 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Apr 08 (THAINDIAN NEWS) When Steve Jobs told us all about the iPad, he labeled it a device which falls right in the middle between laptop and smart phone. This left the Transportation Security Administration with a very confusing dilemma: Do they need to consider the iPad as a laptop, and require passengers to take it out of the bag to go through a scanner separately, or is it in the category of a smart phone type gadget, which can slip through security hidden in a briefcase?
Well for now, the answer has been decided. On Tuesday it was announced by the Transportation Security Administration that in most cases it will not be necessary to remove the iPad from your bag. The reason for this is that the iPad is smaller than a laptop, and bulky accessories such as plugs and external drives are not necessary with it. These items can clutter the image when your computer bag is being screened.
Although the iPad is not considered to be a computer, it does allow many functions which people use computers for, such as surfing the Internet, sending emails, and watching movies.They are currently sold for around 500 dollars. Apple pans to have a model out which will use cell networks to get online soon. They will start at around 630 dollars.
The iPad is a lot more comfortable to use on an airplane, due to the space most people have while seated. The battery life is about four times that of the laptop, and allows you to create and email documents, spreadsheets, and entire presentations! With the ease at which iPads can get through airport security, and the practicality of their use, as well as the convenience, they may quickly replace laptops among those traveling for work or play!
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