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Leading the Pack

Tools for getting the most out of your carry-ons

This story appears in the June 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After September 11, most airlines instituted a "one-plus" rule restricting carry-ons to a single regulation-size bag, plus a smaller pocketbook or laptop. But less luggage didn't necessarily mean shorter security lines, as bags that were cumbersome to open and unpack made for slow checkpoints. Now, luggage manufacturers have come to the rescue, with some innovative solutions:

  • ID and Boarding Pass Holder: This new accessory helps keep your important documents together. Hang it around your neck on an adjustable cord or slip it into a pocket or briefcase, and you won't have to dig for your papers at every checkpoint. From Travelon ($9.99, 800-537-5544,
  • The eVEST: An innovative jacket with zip-off sleeves and 15 pockets, it's the equivalent of a carry-on bag you wear. It has a "Personal Area Network" for your cords, plus a laptop pocket in back. Instead of removing all your electronic devices at security and turning them on and off, just put the jacket through the x-ray machine. From Scott eVEST LLC ($129, 866-909-8378,

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