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In the interest of security, airports have become the site of heartbreaking indignity for travelers, who must practically strip to get into the terminal. But the Transportation Security Administration wants to spare us one frustration: removing our eReaders, iPads and netbooks from our bags before putting them through the scanner.

The TSA annouced this news yesterday on its blog (did you know the TSA had a blog? Did you want to know that?). Here’s an excerpt:

Not only are [E-readers, Net Books and other small gadgets] essential to those who need to stay connected and work or study on the go, but they are also fantastic time killers, which makes these gadgets extremely popular carry-on items. I’ve read many a post from people wondering if these items should be treated like a laptop and removed from their carry-on bags for checkpoint screening.

Great question! Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their cases. It’s that simple.

This news almost makes the airport fun again!