In and out, slam and shove, scowl and growl. That’s what it is like passing through security these days in the U.S. If I had a dollar for every time, a screener has shoved and knocked that dirty grey bin with my laptop in it, I would be rich. And, I always seem to pick the bin that has a stray hair in it or that someone just put their dirty shoes in as they walked through. Gross!
Testing this Checkpoint Flyer bag from Tom Bihn could not have come at a better time. I was really starting to get tired of the whole computer in and out experience during the rush to remove phones, shoes, and belts. Especially now since Charlotte Douglas International Airport has the body scanners at every checkpoint, and I typically opt out of them on principle because of their invasion of privacy. This adds one more layer of complexity to the already tiring security charade.
Unfolding the Tom Binh Checkpoint Flyer bag is a cinch. The primary benefit of this bag is that your laptop fits into the outer pouch that simply folds open so that there is no need to remove it at security. This TSA-approved bag (it was part of a five month design process collaborated directly with TSA officials!) is a timesaver for rushed travelers or those, like myself, who prefer to keep my laptop clean from the germs and dirt in those bins.
Besides the convenience of not removing my laptop, I love all of the pockets of this bag. The exterior pockets are perfect for quick grab-and-go items like keys, boarding passes, mobile phones, and change.
The two-fold exterior of the bag means that your laptop is protected in the inner foam-padded section thanks to the flap of exterior pockets on the outside. The result is soft padding on all sides. There are four sizes of the bag to snugly fit all laptops. My 17-inch laptop fits perfectly into the pouch keeping it from moving around loosely in my bag.
The various interior pockets are meant to keep cords and other charging devices compartmentalized, which makes it easier to screen the bag via x-ray. The bag is not completely waterproof, but still keeps items dry while standing briefly at a bus stop in the rain (as this writer has done). The exterior pouch can even easily hold larger devices like a Kindle. On the back of the bag are two thin pockets perfect for a grab-and-go magazine, paperwork, or boarding pass.
The bag itself is lightweight and has a strap that allows it to be swung over the shoulder. I choose to place it atop my rollaboard so as not to hurt my shoulder from all that stress of carrying heavy things while walking through airport terminals.
This bag is the answer to a frequent flyer’s prayers, and its convenient pockets, durable material, and most importantly the stress-free security experience is appreciated. It is available at www.TomBihn.com and sells for $220.