The Australian Government is investigating American moves to allow Apple MacBook Air laptops to remain in carry bags during airport x-ray screenings.
But Apple is refusing to comment on the issue and will not confirm if it is helping local authorities.
The move by Australian authorities comes after the notoriously stringent Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declared that 11-inch MacBook Air laptops would be allowed through security screenings without being removed from carry bags.
The reason is because unlike other notebooks, the 11-inch Apple MacBook Air is thin enough for scanners to penetrate without being pulled out and placed on a separate tray. This would speed up screening times and reduce inconvenience for travellers with the device and airport security staff.
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, which is responsible for Australian airport scanning procedures, it was investigating the change in US measures.
“We are aware of efforts by the United States Transportation Security Administration to enable certain laptops to remain in passengers’ carry-on bags during screening,” the spokesperson said. “It is possible that at some point in the future, with appropriate equipment in place, laptops may not need to be removed for screening purposes.”
However, the spokesperson was unable to provide a deadline for the change.