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I was looking at this picture and wondering if it works in reality. At security, wouldn't two out of three (bag, iPad, Mac) end up sitting on top of each other? Or am I missing something?
As far as TSA is concerned - under most circumstances - the iPad can stay in the bag while the laptop has to come out, so the laptop cache can be pulled out while the iPad cache remains in place.
However - the problem with most backpacks is "clutter" that puts a jumbled mess of wires (laptop charger, phone charger, iPad charger) all over the bag and over the iPad, generally requiring the removal of the iPad and a rescan.
I pack all my wires either in GoTubbs (the iPhone "dice" charger in the center with the cord around the outside) or in packing tubes that go on either side of the cache so no wires are on top of any electronics when the bag is scanned. Right now I have three of the hockey puck sized GoTubbs in my bag, each with one of those tiny chargers with a USB charging cord wrapped around them.
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thanks tCook for taking this picture. And your thoughts.
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I don't know if I commented on this before, but I really do love the implementation of the loops and cache with rails. I hope that system eventually makes it into all of the backpacks and laptop-friendly travel bags. I'm generally pretty gentle with my bags, so I rarely feel I need something as protective (and therefore bulky) as the Brain Cells. The cache is a good compromise, and a cache system that has the laptop suspended even slightly off the bottom of the bag and that is checkpoint friendly is perfect for my needs.
I'm definitely going to have a hard time deciding which larger bag to go with--Synapse 25, Smart Alec, and WF. Darcy, has the master designer decided whether the loops will be added to the next run of the Smart Alec? If so, how far out into the future might that run be?
And if anyone out there with a Smart Alec, Western Flyer, and/or Synapse 25 (Pocketz, I'm looking at you for that one! is bored and wants to take a photo or even just comment for me . . . I'd really appreciate some perspective on whether each bag can hold a 13" laptop (in cache, brain cell, or nekkid, whichever you can manage) and about 2-3 reams-worth of letter-size paper. Can they hold that much, and if so, is there any space left for accessories or a compressed rain shell?
Current Carry: Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes
A great idea all around, you could have 1, 2, or 3 cubes that hook together with gatekeepers, allowing you to mix and match colors (or clear) and materials.
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Synapse 25 page:
And remember, there are four loops of webbing in the top of the main compartment of the Synapse 25: one pair is on the back side, and one pair is on the front side. That means you can choose to have your laptop against your back or against the front of the bag, whichever seems most comfortable or most convenient. Using all four loops, you could even carry two laptops (or one laptop and one iPad) in the Synapse 25. Note that the "checkpoint-friendly" functionality will only work for one of two laptops — you'll need to remove the second laptop at the airport security checkpoint; TSA does not technically consider an iPad or similar tablet a "laptop," but you never know if they'll ask you to remove device #2 anyway.
Security screening is a moving target and even those of us who deal with this on a daily basis understand that local conditions, threats or testing may change the requirements at a moment's notice. Europe's reasoning has always been because of clutter.
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