The Washington Times - July 9, 2008, 07:32AM

I just made it through airport security at BWI/Marshall and am cooling my heels waiting for a flight to Denver. Carrying not one, but two laptop computers (don’t ask) as well as a tiny, 1.5-pound printer (to be reviewed in “On Computers” next Monday), I’m more than a little aware of what going through the security check entails.

That’s why news from CODI, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of cases and bags for road warriors, is appealing. On July 8, the firm announced a line of cases that will speed processing at airports:


The firm said it “announced … after successful airport testing, that it plans to go to market [with] a new checkpoint friendly laptop carrying case collection this August.”

They say they’ve “developed a collection of innovative case solutions in response to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) request for cases that allow travelers to pass through security checkpoints without having to remove their laptops. The collection will include traditional shoulder, wheeled and backpack case designs intended to increase security throughput, reduce travel stress and time, and help to alleviate damaged or lost laptop claims.”

No pricing has been announced for the new range. A traditional briefcase style will be first out of the box. Me? I’m holding out for the rolling case that’ll hold my 17-inch MacBook Pro.

If you want to learn more, you can call the firm at 1-800-263-4462 or visit them online. And if you try one of the cases, let me know what you find.


— Mark A. Kellner