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8 laptop bags that will speed you through airport security

These new TSA-approved checkpoint-friendly bags mean you don't have to pull your laptop out at airport security.

  • Targus' Zip-Thru bag shares many features with other popular Targus bags, such as the adjustable air cushioning system around the notebook compartment.

  • The Skooba also offers loads of pockets and organizers, about 20 in total, including a drop-down workstation area with file compartment.

  • The ScanFast Backpack holds notebooks with up to 17-in. displays and unzips to open flat for security scans.

  • The Solo CheckFast has a very space-efficient clamshell design that holds your laptop in padded safety on one side, yet has enough pockets on the other for accessories.

  • The Skooba Design Checkthrough is a functional black briefcase with a zippered double-compartment design.

  • The Mobile Edge ScanFast Backpack is one of the few backpacks manufactured to follow the TSA's security standards.

  • The Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer Briefcase is one of our favorite bags, thanks to its good looks, expert pocketry and three hinged compartments.

  • Constructed of ballistic polyester, at US$50 the Solo CheckFast also the least expensive bag in our lineup by far.

  • Checkpoint-friendly bags allow laptops to be fully visible to security scanners. This scan was taken by Aerovation, which went to the distributor of the X-ray equipment used by TSA and rented its lab.

  • The Aerovation is a zippered clamshell that opens flat with your laptop on one side and everything else on the other.

  • The Targus Zip-Thru has a split design that unzips to lie flat and an interior workstation panel equipped with accessory compartments.

  • The Aerovation was the first checkpoint-friendly bag on the market, available back in June.

  • The Pathfinder bag features an aircraft-grade aluminum handle and ball-bearing polyurethane wheels; it unzips to lie flat on the security belt.

  • For a premium price tag, the CODi CT3 offers superior construction and materials, such as military-grade black ballistic nylon.

  • Pathfinder's Wheeled Checkpoint Friendly CompuBrief is the only current option we found for those who prefer wheeled laptop bags.

  • The detachable laptop compartment of the Tom Bihn Checkpoint bag doubles as a laptop sleeve, complete with handles.

  • Two hinged compartments open to lie flat and instantly close themselves when picked up by the handle -- thanks to Velcro in between the compartments.

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