Targus Inc. in Anaheim is the latest laptop bag company to jump into ‘Checkpoint-friendly’ bags, which are built to help speed travelers and their laptops through security inspection lines at the airport.
I mentioned last week, when rival Mobile Edge introduced their ScanFast bags, that the Transportation Security Administration issued a quest for bag manufacturers last March. This is apparently a very competitive industry. In five short months, at least a half-dozen companies have announced products.
Targus is the latest with its Zip-Thru bag, a derivative of its Corporate Traveler line. Similar to other checkpoint-friendly bags, the Targus’ 15.4-inch case unzips down the middle, leaving the laptop exposed for easy inspection — no more wasting the one-minute-or-so that it takes to unpack your laptop for TSA inspectors.
The Zip-Thru case will be black and available in October for $99.99.
Separately, I also heard from Briggs & Riley Travelware. But instead of a bag, it’s offering the SpeedThru sleeve. Options are either a sleeve replacement, the Retro-fit SpeedThru laptop sleeve for $39.99, or the stand-alone version for $89.99. Both will be available Aug. 15.