When I arrived home today after running some errands, our one-eyed Irish Setter SUE let me know that she had rescued a box from the clutches of the UPS man. She told me that it was from somebody named Tom Bihn (actually it was from Darcy, but SUEís reading skills arenít always top notch).
Letís see whatís in it. The box contains (1) Absolute Strap, (1) Packing Cube: Western Flyer Small Mesh, (1) Packing Cube: Western Flyer Small Fabric, and (1) Checkpoint Flyer.
That certainly is a nice looking bunch of loot. I really like the Crimson outer flap on the Checkpoint Flyer. Iím not as enthused about the grey/white checked interior color scheme, or that the Packing Cubes are identical to the interior of the bag itself. But that is awfully minor nit-picking so early.
Letís take a closer look at the bag. Figure 4 shows the bag empty and all closed up as if ready for travel. To get it ready for the X-ray machine, you just unbuckle the two buckles at the bottom of the bag an spread it open as shown in Figure 5 and lay it on the belt. Flip the (red) flap back into itís original position and it is ready to go (Figure 6).
Your laptop, in my case a 17-inch G4 Mac PowerBook, fits very snugly into the part that is flipped out (Figure 7). The laptop case is clearly labeled ďTHIS SECTION FOR LAPTOP ONLYĒ on a tag in the case. This is the magic trick that allows the Checkpoint Flyer to fly through the X-ray machine.
Normally, I carry all of my computer related gear in one of Tom Bihnís fabulous Empire Builder cases. The Empire Builder is a huge bag. Because it has so much carrying capacity, I tend to bring everything (often including the proverbial kitchen sink) with me - see Figure 8.
I knew that the Checkpoint Flyer would not hold EVERYTHING that I normally pack into my Empire Builder. But I was really surprised at how little I had to leave out. Figure 9 shows the three things that didnít make it into the Checkpoint Flyer - a Radtech bluetooth mouse, my Kensington universal power adapter kit, and a firewire cable that apparently I didnít need to be carrying anyhow.
So what did make it into the Checkpoint Flyer? Simply all of this (Figure 10):
Part 2 follows: