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

“We started in 2006 to introduce a laptop case that didn’t require that you take the laptop out,” says Richard, Krulik, CEO of Briggs & Riley. “This got the TSA thinking about what could speed the scanning process.”

The result is what has become an industry standard of sorts, the so-called clam shell or butterfly design — where a laptop can remain within a sleeve but with nothing above or below it — the main stipulation from TSA.

“At this point, it is a norm for travel bags that can separate the laptop from the other items,” says Al Giazzon, vice president of marketing and communications at Targus.

However, all bags billed as being TSA-friendly may not be.

“While those larger luggage makers know what TSA expects, there are plenty of smaller brands that make claims that aren’t true,” says Billy Pidgeon, a business and travel analyst at M2 Research.

As an agency, the TSA doesn’t actually “approve” any laptop bags.

“We don’t say ‘TSA approved,’ but there are airport-friendly screening bags,” says Greg Soule, TSA spokesman. “All fliers should check our website to know what to look for.”

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