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Stick It In The Bin!

Stick It in the Bin
by Gary Woods

For those of you who travel with your laptop computer as 1 in 4 of us do you know that to get through security you've got to take the laptop out of the case and put the case in one bin and the computer in another? To get us through security a little quicker some companies have designed bags that don't have to be opened to be examined.

According to the TSA to qualify for "checkpoint friendly" status a bag must have a designated laptop-only section; the laptop-only section must completely unfold to lie flat on the X-ray belt; there can be no metal snaps, zipper, or buckles inside, underneath, or on top of the laptop-only section; no pockets are allowed on the inside or outside of the laptop-only section; nothing can be packed in the laptop-only section other than the computer itself.

After all that there are actually at least 5 companies which have products which meet these standards. There's Briggs & Riley Travelware Speed-Thru for $89.99. Then Mobile Edge recently introduced 3 new TSA-compliant case designs priced from $67 to $99 as part of the company's ScanFast collection. The Aerovation Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bag sells for $129.95 and is designed by engineers and pilots.

For our MacBook Air friends Incipio Orion came up with a laptop sleeve for $34.95 which is made from high-density foam, lined with suede microfiber. And finally the CODi Phantom CT3 which retails for $225 features three stylus/pen pockets, four elasticized pockets, dual business/credit card pockets, a key fob and an ergonomic shoulder strap. So what are you waiting for, I'll meet you at the TSA stand at SBA?

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc