We're flying back home to Miami next week. Since we can't wait to get down to the (respectively) warm weather, we're doing everything we can to get in and, more importantly, out of the airport quickly. That means three things: A TSA-approved laptop bag, a phone loaded with airport apps and—get this—a beeping, flashing luggage Lo-Jack.
ON THE WAY IN:
1. Apps and a Smartphone
We're going to check our flight status, check in to our flight and speed through the TSA checkpoint with an iPhone loaded with apps. Flight Status ($4.99) provides you with information about delays, expected arrival times and baggage claim numbers. The My TSA app (free) gives you wait estimates, delay listings and a "Can I Bring?" search feature. And the Safari browser app will let us log on to our airline's website to check-in for our flight virtually.
2. A TSA-Friendly Laptop Bag
If you really want to get through the airport quickly, you'll need to zip through security. Forget about unpacking your laptop bag. Instead, grab a TSA-checkpoint-friendly bag: Any bag with a designated laptop-only section (without zippers or buttons on top of or underneath the laptop) that can lay flat on the X-ray belt should be good to go. We like this one from Tom Bihn.
ON THE WAY OUT:
3. Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder
You've finally arrived, your mom's waiting outside to pick you up—and yet you're stuck watching the carousel go around, waiting for your plain black bag to slide out from behind the curtain. Instead, grab a coffee, site somewhere nearby and relax knowing that your Easy2Pick keychain fob will beep and flash when your bag, with its Easy2Pick luggage tag, is within 90 feet of you. Grab one from this site for $24.95.