After issuing a request for information from case manufacturers, TSA received 52 design proposals. The agency is evaluating the designs and will add to the list of criteria it provided. Companies will then have 90 days to submit prototype designs for testing.
The TSA will not formally certify any of the cases, but will offer feedback to the companies that submit prototypes.
The agency said, "The TSA requirement to remove the laptop from the computer bag is a common complaint heard by TSA. If TSA was able to eliminate this requirement, it could lower passenger stress levels, increase checkpoint throughput and reduce the number of claims TSA receives for laptops that have been damaged during screening."
The basic criteria for the bag designs are:
Approved bags could be available as early as the fourth quarter. (info from TWICE, photo from BusinessWeek)