Skooba Design (http://www.skoobadesign.com) has expanded its original
Checkthrough “checkpoint-friendly” laptop bag collection, with the
addition of an ultralight backpack and a rolling laptop/business
case. Checkthrough bags are designed and tested to pass through
airport security x-ray screening without having to remove the
At first glance, the Checkthrough Backpack (US$129.95)looks like a
standard, high-end business or travel backpack. But unlike
traditional laptop packs, it opens and hinges in the middle to
separate and isolate the laptop compartment from the rest of the bag.
For initial, immediate visual reference, the laptop can be seen by
the inspector through a clear window that is exposed when the bag is
With the window facing up, the bag is sent through X-ray screening.
The design of the laptop compartment is such that the image presented
to the screener is the same as if the laptop were removed and placed
in a bin. The Checkthrough bag and all of its contents can be carried
securely with or without the hinge zipped shut, so it can be readied
in line, prior to screening. Once through, the traveler can pick up
the bag and go, zipping it back up on the move or at the gate.
The new Checkthrough Roller ($189.95) works the same way as the
backpack, with a hinged laptop compartment and preview window. It
glides on urethane skate wheels mounted to aluminum wheel guard
brackets, pulled along by a retractable handle. Skooba says that the
roller is among the lightest rolling cases in its category, capacity
and feature-set, and that it fits in all major airline storage
spaces. Yet the case has room for a large stack of files and papers,
or even an overnight’s worth of clothing and travel necessities.
Both the backpack and roller feature weather-repellant ballistic
exterior fabric, nickel-finished hardware, Doc Pocket organizers for
airline tickets and passport, zippered pouches for allowable liquids,
and other travel-friendly features. Plenty of pockets — 20 in the
backpack and 18 in the Roller — organize gadgets, accessories and
other small items.