According to a statement released from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), travelers carrying small computers and e-book readers won’t need to scan the devices separately at airport security checkpoints.
Under current TSA policy, travelers are required to remove laptops from their luggage when going through airport scanners. However, this practice is unnecessary for smaller computers.
An April 6 post on the agency’s official blog spells it out:
Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their cases.
The site mentions the Apple iPad and netbooks, as well as the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble nook and other e-book readers, as being OK to be left in bags during scanning.
However, the TSA also warns travelers:
The key to avoiding bag searches is keeping the clutter down. The less clutter you have in your bag, the less likely it will be searched.