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Product review - Belkin FlyThru TSA checkpoint friendly laptop bag
The new regulations from the TSA permit you to keep your laptop inside its carrying case if the bag meets certain rules.
Essentially, the TSA X-ray operator has to be able to see through the laptop, with nothing obstructing it.
The Belkin FlyThru checkpoint bag accomplishes this by placing the laptop in its own compartment, like any other bag, but adds the option to unzip that compartment from the rest of the bag and fold it flat.
Unlike any other checkpoint friendly laptop bag I have seen so far, the FlyThru even has a large clear window showing the laptop, which should make the screening process even easier for the TSA agent, as they'll instantly be able to see that you are using an approved bag.
The FlyThru bag has 3 sections; one for the laptop, one on the front, and one main section for your paperwork and other larger items that also hides a small internal zippered pocket. The pocket on the front is expandable, making it perfect for stuffing full of any last minute things you decide to carry on your flight.
The FlyThru bag is designed for laptops up to 15.4". The FlyThru pocket itself is very cleverly marked, with a zipper pull that attaches to the bag using a velcro strip. When you arrive at the checkpoint, you simply unzip the laptop portion, and fold the bag flat. It's a simple design, but one that should help get you through the security screening nice and quickly.
The Belkin FlyThru checkpoint friendly laptop bag costs $59.99, making it one of the cheapest in its class. The bag feels very well made and is surprisingly light; just a little under 2lbs including the strap.
The Belkin FlyThru checkpoint friendly bag will be available later today directly from Belkin.com and many other (online) retailers.
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