WaterField debuts the Air Travel Backpack that can hold two MacBook Pros

WaterField Designs has announced the Air Travel Backpack, a carry-on luggage option for personal and professional travel.

It has a dedicated, TSA-friendly office compartment for two MacBook Pros and other work necessities. Other features include lockable zippers, multiple carry options, and a height-adjustable sternum strap. It’s available in a water-resistant ballistic nylon or waxed canvas.

Foam and neoprene-padded backpack straps lined with breathable mesh wick away moisture and prevent clothing from wrinkling, says WaterField owner Gary Waterfield. A removable, height-adjustable, sternum strap attaches to the straps to balance heavier loads. 

For more formal settings, straps tuck away to convert the backpack into a suitcase-style bag, carried by a top or side leather-lined handle. Stiff, lightweight plates under these handles prevent sagging and help maintain the bag’s clean shape, according to WaterField. When used as a secondary bag, the Air Backpack’s back panel slides over a wheeled suitcase handle.

A clamshell-style compartment opens like a suitcase with dual zipper pulls.  A gold, water-resistant, nylon ripstop liner lights up the interior. Two compression straps prevent clothing and other contents from sliding around. Two large mesh pockets separate smaller items and keep them visible. 

A dedicated office compartment incorporates two raised, padded pockets to protect two Apple MacBook Pros or a MacBook and iPad Pro And it lies flat for TSA screening. Corner cut-outs permit laptop charging while the MacBook Pro remains protected inside its padded compartment. A mesh zippered pocket above the devices is accessible when the backpack stands upright on the ground. It holds a power supply, cords, and other accessories and keeps them off the bottom of the bag. 

On the opposite side, a pocket stores the Apple AirPods Max in a WaterField Shield Case or the optional WaterField Air Caddy. The latter is a zippered pouch sized to fit an airline seat-back pocket that holds accessories air travelers need to access while seated. Additional pockets hold pens and other smaller items. 

A full-length front panel divides into one large and one small pocket for frequently needed items such as an iPhone, glasses, tickets, and keys attached to the sewn-in key leash. A zippered pocket, accessible from the top of the bag, keeps a passport, ID, or other items quickly accessible. A water bottle pocket lies flat when empty and expands to fit up to a 3.5-inch diameter bottle. For added security, custom metal zipper pulls hook to a loop on the bag keeping them shut or can be locked together with a TSA-approved lock (not included).

The WaterField Air Backpack is priced at US$419. You can preorder now; shipping begins August 6. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.