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Taking the Fast Track to the Boarding Gate
CNBC.com | January 13, 2012 | 04:28 PM EST

For harried business travelers, time is money. Many products and services are billed as ways to get you to the airport gate sooner. But does it pay to spend a few extra dollars to save time in the airport security line?

For experienced road warriors, it’s about knowing what the Transportation Safety Administration, TSA, expects — and then packing right. Indeed, road warriors' dealings with the TSA have resulted in a whole new industry: TSA-approved products.

“I’ve traveled so much, it is second nature,” Rob Fleischer, a New York-based public relations executive, says. “You have to travel light these days.”

He says having the right bag ensures that he’s not wasting time with the TSA screeners.

So-called TSA friendly bags, which offer the promise of streamlining the security process, have become big business for luggage makers. For example, Briggs & Riley is expanding its line to accommodate the growth of personal computing devices, including tablets and eReaders. At rival Targus , the design of TSA-friendly business cases has been aggressively expanded into more informal and casual lines.

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