We had a hearty skepticism about whether the bag could actually breeze through a checkpoint--after all, an individual TSA agent can still ask you to remove your laptop for any reason--but were pleasantly surprised when we cruised through the checkpoints at both ends of a recent trip. We were even more pleased that the bag had plenty of room for our 13-inch laptop, camera and other peripherals, cell phone, power cords, and notepad--basically everything we needed for an overnight business trip.
To accommodate all this stuff for travel, the Checkpoint Flyer incorporates plenty of pockets. Two large, curved pockets on the front panel keep your cell phone, paperback, and other frequently used items within easy reach; the larger of the two pockets includes a detachable key fob. Under the front panel and behind the laptop compartment, two 10-inch-wide horizontal zipper pockets keep cables, pens, or other small items in place. Inside the bag's roomy main compartment, two broad pockets keep power cables, peripherals, or (if you're using it as an overnight bag) clothing contained. If you need even more organization options, nearly every pocket on the Checkpoint Flyer incorporates a ring to attach one of the company's organizer pouches (sold separately); the company also sells inserts with extra pockets for accessories and files, though we found such an insert unnecessary.
On the outside of the Checkpoint Flyer are two side pockets for pens or a small cell phone. The back of the bag includes a narrow pocket to keep your boarding pass within easy reach. There's also a wider pocket for a newspaper or magazine; in a very thoughtful touch, the manufacturer equipped this pocket with a useful zip-open slot that lets you slip the bag over the handle of your rolling luggage. Given how much you can fit in the bag, this last feature will give your shoulder a much-needed break from carrying the bag.
The main color of the Checkpoint Flyer is black, but buyers can choose among black, gray, or red material for the front pouch. (Our review unit had a sporty red.) The interior of the main compartment features a gray fabric with a white grid, which makes it easier to locate items inside the bag. Made of ballistic nylon Cordura nylon, with splash-proof external zippers, the bag feels sturdily constructed and likely to last for years.