Checkpoint-friendly? Yeah, right. The joy of flying.
The Transportation Security Administration, those dashing functionaries at airport security, starts implementing “checkpoint-friendly” bag policies this week that will allow notebook computers through those scary x-ray machines without being removed from their case.
But to qualify as “checkpoint-friendly,” a bag must have a designated notebook-only section that unfolds to lie flat on the X-ray machine and contains no metal snaps, zippers, buckles or pockets.
Like backpacks, messenger bags and computer cases can be unfolded!. So here come the new tri-folds (below, one from bag manufacturer Tom Bihn): big, folding wallets with a removable notebook sleeve.
Reminds me of the scene from Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (1974):
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Igor, help me with the bags.
Igor: [Imitating Groucho Marx] Soitenly. You take the blonde, I’ll take the one in the turban.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I was talking about the luggage.
Notice to international passengers, including destinations in Transylvania: Arrive at the airport four hours before departure.
Computers still must be removed from backpacks and briefcases. But new computer garment bags may save dings from TSA Frankensteins.
Dale is co-founder emeritus of We Media.