Tom Bihn, a designer, manufacturer, and retailer of laptop bags,
backpacks, messenger bags, and briefcases, has introduced the
Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Briefcase
(, a new “checkpoint
friendly” briefcase-style laptop bag with a protective compartment
for a laptop computer.

The Checkpoint Flyer provides the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) with a clear, unobstructed x-ray view of the
laptop in the bag. It’s Tom Bihn’s answer to an intensive, five-month
design challenge issued by the TSA to design a laptop bag that meets
its newly implemented “checkpoint friendly” program guidelines. T

The Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Briefcase is made in the US and is
constructed of 1050 denier ballistic nylon, splash-proof YKK Uretek
zippers, Duraflex Stealth buckles, and Poron foam-padded handles. It
sports over 11 organizational pockets. A back pocket zips open to
accommodate the handle of a roll-aboard and it has a quick-access
boarding pass/map pocket.

The Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Briefcase has a folded foam laptop
compartment that completely encases the laptop in 8mm-thick closed
cell foam. It’s available in three sizes for the MacBook , MacBook
Air, and MacBook Pro (both the 15.4 and 17 inch verisons). It also
fits many PC laptops.

According to the folks at Tom Bihn, it equires less than three
seconds to be prepared in order to send the briefcase through the
x-ray machine. The Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Briefcase is available for
pre-order through the Tom Bihn web site for US$220. It will ship in
late September.