They don't even try to make these rules make sense, do they.
According to The Associated Press, the government agency said that most who travel will not need to remove the iPad from their bag, because the device is relatively small and doesn't have "bulky" accessories such as external drives. Those accessories can make it difficult for X-ray scanners, who see a cluttered image when a laptop and all of its accessories go through the machine in a bag.
Bulky accessories? What are they even talking about?
I'm glad to see two such problematic institutions — the TSA and Apple — teaming up to make even less sense together.
Edit 2010-04-08: I guess the TSA official description of the policy is not as iPad as the AP made it sound -- they focus on the fact that the iPad is smaller than a "standard laptop" and talk about it in the context of other electronic devices. It's still a silly policy, and it still doesn't make any sense why an iPad would not have to be removed but a netbook would. Shame on the AP for reporting it this way, too.