Consoles targeted by airline screeners

Video games have been accused of inspiring murder, inducing musculoskeletal ailments, and originating from Satan's sulfurous bowels. Over the weekend, game consoles were singled out by the government as being a possible aid for another heinous act--airplane-based terrorism. The Seattle Times...

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Video games have been accused of inspiring murder, inducing musculoskeletal ailments, and originating from Satan's sulfurous bowels. Over the weekend, game consoles were singled out by the government as being a possible aid for another heinous act--airplane-based terrorism.

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The Seattle Times reports that on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) imposed stricter security guidelines on game consoles in carry-on luggage. Along with other large electronic devices, such as DVD players, game consoles must now be removed from bags and sent through baggage screeners on their own. The rule was previously only applied to laptop computers.

"The focus is on large electronic equipment," TSA spokesman Jennifer Peppin told the Times. "The policy recommendation came from a frontline security officer who screens passengers every day who observed that game consoles and DVD players are complex devices much like laptop computers. This change brings more uniformity to their policy."

Peppin told the times that the rule affects "Xbox and PlayStation" consoles. The article made no mention of the Wii, perhaps indicating its small size allowed it to sidestep the new inspections, which are not required of portable gaming devices, such as the PlayStation Portable or Nintendo DS.

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