“Larger laptops and game consoles appear more dense and need to be removed in order for the X-ray operator to get a good look at [what’s in] your bag.” Bob Burns, TSA Blog
Outside the bag, in a separate bin, the electronic devices are scanned easily, meaning lesser queues at security checks.
“The larger the laptop, the more stuff you can hide in it, Items have been found concealed in laptops in the past, so we have to be able to get a good look at them.” TSA Blog
Some of the previous incidents that involved such means to hide illegal substances include gun magazines hidden inside DVD players, grenades, stun guns that appeared as smartphones, books carved to hide guns, sword canes and even marijuana inside a peanut butter jar. With that variety of creativity, it is only reasonable to have your laptops put aside for a thorough scan. Here are some sneak-peaks into these incidents.