I just recently started taking my iPad on flights with me (I have a small Lenovo Thinkpad that I usually travel with) and it occurred to me that I might not have to take it out of my carry on when going through airport security. You will always be required to take a laptop out but the TSA has offered guidance, as far back as a year ago, that smaller electronic devices don’t need to be removed.
Great question! Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their cases. It’s that simple.
So unless your electronics are bigger than a regular laptop, keep them in the bag and get through security faster.