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After three British men conspired to detonate liquid explosives aboard a transatlantic flight in 2006 — a plan thwarted weeks ahead of its execution — airports have cracked down on items travellers are allowed to carry through security, from bottled water to more recently introduced rules for smartphones and laptops.

But a new scanner introduced at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport signals a future where you might be able to leave things such as your MacBook and a bottle of water in your carry-on bag as you weave through security checkpoints.

Following a ban of in cabin electronic devices that are "larger than a smartphone" on flights entering the US from locations in eight majority-Muslim countries, it appears the White House wants to expand its curious policy. This morning, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Fox News' Chris Wallace that he was considering applying the ban to all incoming international flights.

In October and November, around 70 people left their laptops at a single airport security checkpoint at Newark's Liberty International Airport. It's not only the cheap stuff that gets abandoned -- a fair amount of Macbooks are getting left behind as well.

TSA-recognised locks provide little more than a false sense of security. That's not news. It is news, however, that some hacker type has uploaded the CAD files of the agency's master keys to Github, so that anybody can 3D-print them at home. Let the stealing begin!