I know this is a huge issue, and the loss of liberty is staggering, but I've placed myself on a personal no-fly list until the madness stops... IF it stops.
I'm fortunate that I rarely need to travel for work, but if I do, I will drive, period. The vacation plans have been modified to allow for driving time, and if the destination is too far to get there and back, then the local businesses can count the dollars I would have spent as a loss, due to the TSA policies.
"Things on your laptop, however, are there because they're just there on your laptop." "It is a poor argument to say that stuff on your laptop "just sort of gets there" without you knowing about it."
Where in his statement does it mention "not knowing about it"? Granted poor choice of words, but if you read Mike's line in context:
It's more the fact that luggage items are a select choice from total items you live with in your house you choose to take vs. the items you leave at home. Your laptop (in general) encompasses your total collection of digital information, and leaving some of it behind is not a choice many have. Just because you only need a business presentation, you're not likely to move all other data to an external drive, or server just to travel.