Lugging a laptop computer through the security checkpoints of a few
airports can be a learning experience. Here's what Insider
*At Washington National, you are asked to place the bag on the
conveyor belt, and it goes through the X-ray machine unopened.
*At LaGuardia, you do the same thing, but after the unopened bag
goes through, you are asked to take out the computer and turn it
*At Bradley International in Hartford, the process begins the same
way, but you are asked not only to turn on the machine but also to
place the empty bag back on the conveyor, so the bag can be scanned
without the computer. It occurred to us that the security people,
far from being randomly irksome, were getting more stringent as we
moved north and east. Since this particular trip ended in Hartford,
we were unable to continue our research in, say, Boston or Bangor.
Perhaps readers could connect these and other dots on the security