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hcho3
Dec 10, 2010, 07:26 AM
I travel a lot and I am looking for a sleeve, but I am looking for one that will be TSA friendly. Any recommendations? I am looking

Radtech Sleeve
SF Bag Jacket Suede Sleeve

Those for now...

Any other recommendations you guys have?



Mike84
Dec 10, 2010, 08:32 AM
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silverblack
Dec 10, 2010, 08:39 AM
Why bother? They usually wants all laptops out of cases and bags anyway. Are you really going to argue with whether it is TSA approved or not?

alan111
Dec 10, 2010, 08:43 AM
What the hell does "TSA friendly" even mean? Just take your laptop out of your bag and place it in a bin.

MooneyFlyer
Dec 10, 2010, 08:45 AM
Why bother? They usually wants all laptops out of cases and bags anyway. Are you really going to argue with whether it is TSA approved or not?

It's actually doable.

Any sleeve that keeps the wires separate from the machine will do it. What they don't want is a bunch of wires (power,etc.) or other stuff stacked on the machine when going through the xray. What I've found is that if you keep them separate you can put the laptop in a sleeve through without issue.

There a number of laptop bags that are TSA approved because they unzip in such a way that keeps the laptop separate (and flat) for a good scan. The sleeves will pretty much give you the same thing provided that you do not have the cables in the sleeve somehow (some have a pouch).

KPOM
Dec 10, 2010, 08:48 AM
I have an incase sleeve (designed for an old MacBook Air, but still works OK with the new 13") and have never been asked to take it out by the TSA.

jfulcher
Dec 10, 2010, 09:30 AM
I travel a lot and I am looking for a sleeve, but I am looking for one that will be TSA friendly. Any recommendations? I am looking

Radtech Sleeve
SF Bag Jacket Suede Sleeve

Those for now...

Any other recommendations you guys have?

I've found that as long as you don't have anything but the MBA in the sleeve you can leave it in the sleeve.

jmoore5196
Dec 10, 2010, 09:53 AM
What the idiots at TSA "usually wants" - to quote a previous poster - matters not at all to me. I well remember my PowerBook which had a couple of shoes thrown on top of it by an overpaid TSA moron after I'd taken it out of the bag.

I have never travelled with an MBA and been required to remove it from the sleeve. I use an Incipio sleeve, which I can highly recommend. In years past, I used a Tucano zippered Second Skin. I've found the sleeve easier to manage, especially if I'm trying to get work done whilst traveling.

I have had passengers in line behind me tell me to take my MBA out of the sleeve ... none of the TSA idiots has ever made a similar request.

Incidentally, I ignore all the passengers as well ... they just want to see my MBA!

pmgmac
Dec 10, 2010, 10:08 AM
As others have said, as long as the MB is the only thing in the sleeve, no need to take it out.

Last week, I traveled with my MBA 11", and did not even take it out of my bag (as I had read that it was TSA-approved to keep in the bag) -- no problems. YMMV, of course.

Kermy
Dec 10, 2010, 10:30 AM
The Tom Bihn Cache sleeve is TSA friendly.
http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0350
Never tried it though.

silverblack
Dec 10, 2010, 05:07 PM
As others have said, as long as the MB is the only thing in the sleeve, no need to take it out.

Last week, I traveled with my MBA 11", and did not even take it out of my bag (as I had read that it was TSA-approved to keep in the bag) -- no problems. YMMV, of course.

Not in my case. Based on my experience, the larger (busier) airports are more relaxed with rules, whereas the smaller airports are ... "pain in the a__". They wanted my laptop out of the bag/case, also iPad out of the my briefcase. In another case, they wouldn't accept my electronic boarding pass on iPad, and sent me back to the counter and for a paper boarding pass, just so they could write on it :rolleyes:

In my experience, it's just easier to lay everything out up front. Take away all chances of giving them the satisfaction to yell at me.

MooneyFlyer
Dec 10, 2010, 05:16 PM
In my experience, it's just easier to lay everything out up front. Take away all chances of giving them the satisfaction to yell at me.

There is definitely a game theory aspect to the entire thing and planning makes a huge difference. I've just finished 155,000 miles this year with one more round trip to go. I have a routine that works nearly flawlessly at every airport though there can be hangups depending on who/what/where/when.

Right now, I pull the iPad despite the fact that you aren't supposed to have to (http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/04/tsa-dont-remove-your-ipad-for-x-rays-unless-we-say-so.ars).

iPad, phone, liquids, misc in one bin -- computer in the other. Everything else on the belt and through the detector from start to finish in <30 seconds.

Mike84
Dec 10, 2010, 05:16 PM
Not in my case. Based on my experience, the larger (busier) airports are more relaxed with rules, whereas the smaller airports are ... "pain in the a__". They wanted my laptop out of the bag/case, also iPad out of the my briefcase. In another case, they wouldn't accept my electronic boarding pass on iPad, and sent me back to the counter and for a paper boarding pass, just so they could write on it :rolleyes:

In my experience, it's just easier to lay everything out up front. Take away all chances of giving them the satisfaction to yell at me.

I simply despise TSA because they are a bunch of dbs all the time. I have been in situations where I have had TSA friendly laptop sleeves and they have, without my permission, taken my laptop out and put it through the x-ray machine again. There really is no point in having a 2008 rule saying that they allow TSA friendly laptop bags to pass through if they are going to simply pull it out.

T4R06
Dec 10, 2010, 06:02 PM
this is going to be a battle for me.. next week the whole family will be out of the country and i will let you know guys what will happen.

TSA nowadays are really pain in the a$$! i will have the MBA and iPad together at the same bag.

coelacanth
Dec 10, 2010, 07:31 PM
"TSA friendly" has a whole new meaning nowadays. :eek:

molala
Dec 10, 2010, 07:56 PM
what does TSA stand for? travel safety authority is my guess.

Mike84
Dec 10, 2010, 08:43 PM
what does TSA stand for? travel safety authority is my guess.

Transportation Security Administration

T4R06
Dec 10, 2010, 08:59 PM
Tremendously Stupid Asses

Mike84
Dec 10, 2010, 09:00 PM
tremendously stupid asses

lmao! +1

teski
Dec 10, 2010, 11:59 PM
they just want to see my MBA!

Ya, that's what it is. :) They just don't want you holding up the lines because, as you've noted multiple times, many of the TSA people are a pain and if they don't like the way you have your stuff laid out, you can wind up slowing the line.

tmoerel
Dec 11, 2010, 02:44 AM
I've found that as long as you don't have anything but the MBA in the sleeve you can leave it in the sleeve.

In Europe, where there is no TSA, they usually want you to take the laptop out of the sleeve regardless. It is not such a big deal though. Sleeve in bin, laptop on top, done.
Recently I also had to turn a laptop on a few times to show them it was not a bomb :)

molala
Dec 11, 2010, 06:37 AM
Tremendously Stupid Asses

thanks! good one.
:)

Viper2005
Dec 11, 2010, 06:38 AM
TSA and Friendly don't belong in the same sentence.. ever.

On that note, I use a sleeve made by Booq bags which seems to be ok with airport screeners.

pmgmac
Dec 11, 2010, 12:23 PM
As others have said, as long as the MB is the only thing in the sleeve, no need to take it out.

Last week, I traveled with my MBA 11", and did not even take it out of my bag (as I had read that it was TSA-approved to keep in the bag) -- no problems. YMMV, of course.

My mileage just varied -- went through the same security line at SFO as last week, and they had to rerun the Air 11 through the x-ray this time.

Edit to get back on topic:

I've had very good luck with my Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer with my MBPro15, so would not hesitate to recommend them (I intend to get their Ristretto for my Air 11)

Over Achiever
Dec 11, 2010, 01:06 PM
I carry my liquids and MBA in one compartment so I only unzip one thing to take things out ... I figure just take it out and just get through security. It sits in a nice leather case that most people mistake for an iPad anyway.

mshaf
Dec 11, 2010, 02:44 PM
selling all three of mine here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230562367747&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

cactusflier
Dec 11, 2010, 04:45 PM
I have a Tucano Second Skin for a mba 13. Fits like a glove and includes a sized microfiber clothe for the keyboard when the laptop is stored in the sleeve. I go through TSA checkpoints four days a week at airports all over the US and leave it in the sleeve with no problems. As long as the laptop is by itself in the sleeve they don't care.