It’s probably the biggest pain of almost every traveler. You get to the security checkpoint at US airports and you must take your laptop out of your carry-on bag and place it on the X-ray belt by itself. Then once it clears, you’re in a hurry to get it back in the bag so you don’t hold up the line. No one wants to be that guy.
Tired of going through that routine? Here’s the fix. Buy a “Checkpoint Friendly” computer case or backpack. I swear by these and it changed my life at US airports. You can find a huge assortment HERE at eBags.com or just Google “Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Bags.” So how do they work?
Your “Checkpoint Friendly” laptop bag will operate like those seen in the photo above. My bag was the Butterfly style (seen left). It’s simple. Your laptop goes into one of the pockets by itself. Nothing else can be in that pocket. When you get to the security checkpoint, you simply unzip your bag so it lies flat on the X-ray belt. It passes through the X-ray and you simply retrieve it and zip up on the other side. All done. Your laptop never leaves the bag.
You can read more about “Checkpoint Friendly” bags on the TSA website. A few points to note. The TSA can at anytime ask you to remove your laptop from your bag, but it’s never happened to me. Final point, this tip only applies in the USA. Foreign countries that require you to remove your laptop from your bag will still make you take your computer out, but at least in a foreign country you won’t need to take your shoes off.
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