We are on a plane a couple of times a month. All that traveling has taught us two things: take only what you will use and use only what works. All of our Tom Bihn gear gets used because they work amazingly well.
Our newest addition is the Checkpoint Flyer. This bag is designed so travelers do not have to take their laptop out of the bag when going through the TSA x-ray security line. The advantages of not having to remove the laptop are many, but the main one is...so it doesn't get damaged or left behind. You would be amazed at how often that happens.
The Checkpoint Flyer is pure Tom Bihn goodness. The case is made with ballistic nylon, closed-cell foam, and other weather resistant materials. All of the zippers are splash-proof. There are plenty of pockets, compartments, and pouches for organizing all items, big and small. The closer we looked, the more useful details we found: little rings for hooking keys, small slots for pens, inside secured pockets, etc...
The way the Checkpoint Flyer works is by "connecting" three separate pieces: a two piece section and a one piece laptop case. The laptop case is entirely metal-free. When closed, the laptop case is "wrapped" inside the other two pieces. When opened, the bag lays flat for moving unobstructed through the x-ray machine.
We have a trip planned in early March, and This bag will be coming with us for a FirstUse test. It is unlikely that the TSA folks will allow us to take photos of the bag going through the x-ray machine, but we can always ask :-) [Permalink]- Checkpoint Flyer