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On a recent trip to Italy, The Hotel Detective test-drove the new Pegasus Convertible Rolling Backpack (below), a roller bag from e|c|b|c (ec-bc.com), a California design firm.
The bag’s unique selling point, according to the company, is the FastPass system, which refers to the top compartment (second below). It contains to-measure slots for a laptop (up to 15 inches) and a Smartphone, as well as a third compartment as wide as a Kindle for other devices. According to e|c|b|c, the compartment eliminates the need to take out the laptop. Just unzip and fold back the flap side, which contains the laptop slot, and place the bag on the scanner belt. The compartment also contains a portable power pack that charges Smartphones, tablets, and a slew of other devices (third below. It’s included in the Pegasus suggested retail price, $399.99.
THD discovered that TSA has not yet gotten the memo on Pegasus. At JFK, the TSA official said the computer had to come out. Ditto at Milan Malpensa and London Heathrow. In fact, e|c|b|c does not have TSA approval or an exemption from the “laptops-out requirement” for Pegasus, although the website claim sure leads one to believe it does: “This bag features the ECBC FastPass® System allowing you to unzip the specialized electronics compartment, lay the bag flat on the security conveyer, and go through TSA without unpacking laptop, tablet and cables.”
So does this clip Pegasus’ wings? THD doesn’t think so because in a lot of other respects, this is a very good roller bag. (And if you’re TSA PRE, it’s a moot point.)
Pegasus (22 inches tall, 14 inches wide), is a four-compartment layer cake (nine inches deep in total). The bottom compartment contains the padded back straps that convert the bag into a backpack. Above that is a narrow compartment that THD found was perfect for thin items, flat or rolled, such as underwear, and also for documents (an inch of restaurant menus). Next Next is the main compartment, which is deeper at the wheel-end than at the handle-end of the bag, a compromise dictated by having to fit in the back straps. Finally, on top, is the electronics compartment.