updated 10:40 am EST, Thu February 5, 2009
Checkthrough laptop bag
Skooba Design has announced the Checkthrough Messenger, a new notebook bag made to go through airport X-ray screening with the computer still inside. A slimmer version of company's original checkpoint-friendly bag, the Messenger nevertheless comes with over a dozen compartments, pockets and organizers. The notebook section of the bag holds a variety of sizes, including 15 to 15.4-inch models, most 16- and 17-inch machines, and all Apple portables.
Compartments fit the likes of business cards or handheld electronics, and include a zippered clear pouch for liquids. Materials incorporate a Denier Ballistic exterior, a nylon interior, and brushed nickel-finished metal throughout; all materials used are also water-repellant. When placing a bag into a checkpoint conveyor belt, the bag opens and hinges in the middle to separate the notebook compartment from everything else. Once opened, a clear window enables people to see a computer while still keeping it protected.
The Checkthrough Messenger can be ordered from the Skooba Design website, and is priced at $130.