Mobile Edge Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Bag in LA Times

Jane Engle - LA Times Travel Editor

Recently, LA Times Travel Editor, Jane Engle, featured the Mobile Edge ScanFast Backpackin a video review.  She talked about functionality of the Checkpoint Friendly Backpack, and how easy it opens which helps move you through airport security checkpoints quickly.  The new Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Bags by Mobile Edge have become increasingly popular and have been reviewed by scores of editors literally around the globe.  Stay tuned for three new TSA Compliant laptop bags designed for women to be announced very soon…

Jane’s article then went on to give some helpful tips on how to secure your laptop when traveling.  Here is a brief overview of her article.  For the full article click on the link below.

Travelers lugging laptop computers worry about losing them, with good reason. The hardware is worth hundreds or thousands, and lost or stolen data could be priceless.  But safeguarding your machine is no cinch.

Just ask Luke M. Ford, founder and chief executive of a tech-support company in Scottsdale, Arizona.  On a weekend jaunt last month to San Diego, he stashed his $1,400 laptop under a desk in his hotel room. When he returned 30 minutes later, it was gone. (His traveling companion had left the door open.)

Fortunately, Ford had encrypted his data and backed up his files on a remote website. He bought another laptop, and “by 9:18 a.m. Monday, my office team had my new computer working with all the data.”
It takes just a moment to lose your laptop. But by taking precautions, you can reduce the chances and minimize your losses.

Here are some tips from several experts, including Ford, of My Computer Works Inc., and the Transportation Security Administration, on keeping your laptop safe:

Tie it up; lock it up: Would you leave your wallet or purse in full view in your hotel room? So why do that with your laptop? If Ford had secured his Dell to the desk with a security cable, which many newer computers have fittings for, he might still have it. (Mobile Edge SecuriCable Locks)

Travel incognito: Carry your computer in an inconspicuous bag, not one that screams, “I have a $2,500 piece of machinery in here!” But don’t go entirely undercover. TSA employees suggest taping a business card to the bottom of your laptop or at least your name and phone. That helps anyone who finds your lost computer to return it.

Take care at airport checkpoints: Many laptops get lost or stolen there. To thwart thieves, try to walk through the metal detector before your computer goes through the scanner. Retrieve it immediately. “I actually wait until I’m the next guy to go through,” Ford said. “Then I slide my computer onto the conveyor belt. Frankly, I hold up the line.” 

You may avoid some fumbling if you use what the TSA calls a “checkpoint friendly” laptop bag or compartment, which gives X-ray machines a clear view. For details on this new option, visit www.tsa.gov and search for “laptop.” As with any valuable, never pack your computer in checked luggage.
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