TSA Checkpoint Friendly MacBook Pro Case

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DisneyEcho, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. DisneyEcho macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2008
    New Orleans
    My wife has a question and maybe someone here can help:

    "I am looking for a TSA Checkpoint Friendly carrying case for*an Apple MacBook Pro 17" laptop. Need something I won't have*to open when having to put the laptop on TSA conveyor belt*at airports, holds*computer snugly, storage for just the power cord. Prefer something*with a strap or handle to help carry it easily. I'm a housewife who flies with the family on a vacation once*a year, so I'm not carrying any other accessories, business*files, office equipment, etc. other than the MacBook Pro*power cord. I'd like to have a color other than black or grey,*some choice of colors preferred."

    Thanks in advance!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You may find this unhelpful, but I honestly wouldn't bother with "TSA-friendly" cases if you're buying one to get through the checkpoint faster (as opposed to buying one because you like how it looks). I've been in probably every major metropolitan airport on either coast of the US plus a good number of the major international terminals abroad.

    In the States there's no rhyme or reason in determining whether or not you'll need to pull your laptop out of its case even if it's in a TSA-"friendly" bag. On numerous occasions in multiple airports I've had to take it out of the case on one trip, but not for another just a week later.

    So in conclusion: a TSA-friendly bag isn't going to save you time, especially if it's just once a year you're traveling on a plane.
  3. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I agre with Miles. I have a Victorinox messenger bag that is "TSA-friendly" but I was still asked to remove my computer from the bag at both Pearson International Airport (Toronto) and Hong Kong International Airport. I mean if you absolutely want one, Victorinox has a few and Kenneth Cole as well but there is no guarantee that security won't ask you to pull your computer out.
  4. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    I have an applesac and they have never asked me to take it out.
  5. eng42ine macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2010
    Running into a burning building...
    Just got back from a trip a few weeks ago and Seattle and Hartford both wanted the laptop out. My advice would be to buy what you want and just take it out when you get to the checkpoint.
  6. chrisgentile macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2010
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I've used the Brenthaven ProStyle BP-XF and the Level 8 Atlas. Both are great bags. The Brenthaven is a massive bag that uses a lot more hard-padding altogether. The Atlas has a better notebook pocket, but the Brenthaven is still top quality.
  8. nineohtoo macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Just keep one of these handy if a screener gives you problems:


    I work for a TSA contractor and the stuff I hear people go through at federal airports, or even in my own major airport is ridiculous. I'll have coworkers tell passengers to take laptops out of Incase sleeves, when we have a sign a few feet away that says it's checkpoint friendly :confused:
  9. BobbyCarbn macrumors regular


    Jun 21, 2009
    I used to travel 100K+ miles a year....(thank God that chapter of my life is closed)! I started using a sleeve with an open top that came with my Tumi bag. There seems to be no science behind if you need to take them out or not. Sometimes the TSA folks don't ask, other times they bust your chops and give you a look when you give them a double take when they ask. I noticed they seem to harass people who look to be traveling for vacation rather then business folks. I have no idea why that is...I doubt little Timmy with his juice box and bag of chips can take over a plane!
  10. Aboo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    So true! As another 140+k/year traveller, I concur. TSA folks always seems to give the families/vacationers the trouble. I've gotten away with just leaving my MBP in an incase sleeve inside my rollerboard without any issues. 9/10 times I've never been called out for this. Sometimes, the screener will ask if I have a laptop in the case, and they will then open it up and do a GC swab, but other than that, have not really been stopped. I fly through many airports annually, but home base is KBOS/KLGA and I have never had an issue. Again, check-point friendly bags in my opinion are just a gimmick. Most of them are outrageously expensive, relative to their "non-checkpoint friendly" counterparts. OP, if your wife is only traveling once per year, I don't think a checkpoint friendly bag is really worth it, especially since she is mostly going to be asked to take her laptop out of the bag anyway.
  11. mytoki macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
    I was in Ontario airport two months ago and the TSA officer said it was procedure to not only take my laptop out of its bag but also put it in its own container... what's up with that? :eek:
  12. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    The Sumdex Aircube is checkpoint friendly

    especially since it's semi-see through
  13. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    Necromancy of an old thread, but I just got a Level 8 laptop bag for my new MBP from the Apple Store, and didn't know what "Checkpoint friendly" meant. Did a little digging, and found this:
    TSA Checkpoint Friendly website page

    It zips open, has nothing obstructing the laptop and allows x-rays to see the laptop innards clearly. Nifty!
  14. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
    Word. I've travelled a lot and you still need to put your laptop bag through the X-Ray machine and they have the right to search it at any time.

    Just get a nice bag you can afford.
  15. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    I mainly posted this because the TSA website page I linked was updated 17 days ago, and this old thread had outdated advice, based on the new policy. At least, I hope the new policy is accurate, and you can indeed leave laptops in these specially designed bags.
  16. GrandPhrase macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    The Incase neoprene cases are known to be TSA-friendly. There's still a chance they will ask you to remove the notebook from the case though..
  17. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    Sure, and they have that right, but I'm hoping that by leaving a printout of their policy on the other half of the butterfly-opened case, they might recognize their own letterhead on the page, and give it one pass in the case before automatically telling me to take it out. I'm going to give it a shot, since I fly somewhere twice a month these days, and see how it goes.

    Fingers crossed! :)
  18. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    I have the Level 8 backpack, and I've never had to pull my laptop out of the bag, and I've been through quite a few checkpoints (ANC, SEA, SLC, PHX, LAX, ATL, MSP, CVG, etc.) in the last 18 months...

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