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Just when we thought we’d streamlined packing and minimalized travel items and chaos as much as possible, we were slapped with the following reality:
Apparently we have a major experience gap when it comes to the airport security protocols for laptop computers. Additional complication? This gap may result in yet another luggage purchase. Here’s the deal:
For whatever reason, laptops are required to be pulled out of their cases and put in a separate bin. OK. Fine. However, when this happens, the case and loose cord components are all exposed to baggage handlers in a hurry which means risk of dumping / misplacing of key elements. I used to have a rolling office case, but with the size of the new machine, I’m no longer able to use it.
What to do? More research is needed. What we’re leaning to is some sort of hybrid rolling carry-on that handles clothing, files and smaller electronic accessories such as adapters, chargers, cell phones, I-pods, PDA’s Blackberries, etc. Once all of the other items have been secured independently within that luggage piece, our thought is that the laptop can then be handled with a separate laptop sleeve. Don’t get me wrong. The basic laptop case with front pocket, back slot and carrying strap works great most of the time. But airport screening adds another layer of aggravation that didn’t used to be there.
The long answer to the short question? As far as a recommended solution, we’re still test driving options. This article basically illustrates the discovered need, our thoughts in how we’ll approach the issue, and our intent to keep you posted. As always, we are interested to hear about any tips and tricks you might have. So feel free to chime in. We’re looking forward to it.