By Jennifer Gaines, Techlicious, Travel & Entertainment Editor
Confession: I think checkpoint-friendly laptop bags are the anti-fashion. Because of this, I’ve chosen to forgo function and maintain style, but many of my more practical traveling companions would happily ditch fashion for the chance to move through the security line a bit faster.
I talked to those practical travelers to ask them their opinions of checkpoint-friendly laptop bags, a.k.a. TSA approved, and the response was overall very good. The frequent flyers who use these bags often say they typically get through the line without hang-ups. The most common complaints: cost and style.
This takes us back to my function vs. fashion dilemma; I searched high and low for TSA-approved laptop bags that aren’t ugly, and the selection of ladies’ bags is quite dismal, I must admit.
But here are a few that made the cut for style and function:
The Mobile Edge ScanFast Element Briefcase is one of the most high-tech bags out there. It not only includes a section just for your laptop, making it TSA compliant, but it also has a wireless security shield to keep your devices safe.
If you’re in the market for a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag, it’s a good idea to cross-check its components with the Transportation Security Administration guidelines for compliant laptop bags. That said, I should remind you that the airport security screening process can be random, so just because you have one of these bags doesn’t mean that you won’t be asked to remove your laptop. As many of the practical travelers told me, the bags usually do the job, but not always.
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