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Will They Think Computer Is Bomb?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3809 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

I have a question, especially to airport baggage workers:

I will fly JFK-KEF-FRA on Icelandair in late April, and I will carry a Personal Computer tower in my checked luggage. (Hard sided suitcase). I will have clothes around it to protect it. The hard drive will be removed, I will carry it in the cabin, just to be safe.

Now here is the important part: I have done this twice without problems, BOTH after 9/11.

Now the question: I know that they scan the checked luggage. When they see my suitcase on the screen, what will they do? Will they think it is a bomb? Will they open the suitcase to check?
As I said, I've done it 2x without problems, about 6 months ago, both times on Lufthansa JFK-FRA and around. But maybe securities has increased since then?

Thanks for any info!


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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

In the US, the TSA opens my stuff all the time.

But, you should not carry computer in checked luggate. It should be carried on they say.

If they think it is something 'bad' (not necessarily a bomb), they will open it up and dig into things.



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3809 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

So you say I should carry my computer on? Will they let me through the check with that? With so many sharp metal parts inside? I dont know...


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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Oh, it'll be fine to check the tower. B4real, he's talking about a full-size computer tower, not a laptop. I wouldn't worry Birdwatching, I'm sure you'll be fine.  Smile

User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

If you look at an x-ray of a computer you will see all wires and whatnot. To a scanner this could be a bomb. Now if you have an apple laptop it has a key board that has a battery(?) and airport card that goes under the keyboard. If you just open it and have a quick look you wont see whets under the keyboard. It doesn't even have to be a bomb, a knife, blade of some sort, acid, etc. If time wasn't a matter I would have them had search each checked and carry on bag.


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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Well, I have seen the insides of baggage handling systems, and if it is a desktop, yes, I'd carry it on.

I would think a normal desktop would fit in an overhead bin or underneath a seat. It would much more likley get less banged up.

Worse comes to worse, rig up a box with styrofoam packaging (like what you bought the computer in) and ship it to your destination.



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User currently offlineBobb From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

Different airline have slightly differet policy of what they let you carry on, on top of security rules. Why not just give them a call? Be sure to note the full name of the person you speak to, an employee number doesn't hurt. Airlines rules are always changing and if they give you bad information, at least you will be compensated if you can quote the exact person who gave you the bad information.

If checked in, there is always the possibility that they will open it to inspect it.


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3809 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

So it will be no problem to get a computer tower through the security checkpoint? Has anyone ever done it before? I'm talking computer, not laptop.


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User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

Why you would travel with an entire tower is something I don't understand. That is insane! If you must have it just take it to FedEx and have it shipped. It will be safe and insured.


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

I suppose TSA's job is to assume everything is a bomb until proved otherwise, so you shouldn't have any problems (unless it is actually a bomb).


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineCmckeithen From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 617 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

Go the the TSA website and call them or e-mail them and ask them what is allowed through and then call the airline and ask them what is allowed on.

User currently offlineCaptjetblast From Argentina, joined Aug 2001, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

I took my pc (tower in my checked luggage) from Buenos Aires to Barcelona (YES!); no problems, except when I met my baggage at BCN, to find the case didn't resist the trip.

I almost had to rebuild it.

I guess the guys at the airports (BUE-MAD-BCN) didn't treat the baggage nicely, as always, the difference this time was a pc in on of the bags. Everything worked find, but the case had to be replaced, its sides didn't match anymore (understand?).


User currently offlineZona8 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

I recently carried my full size Sony PC tower (all 30lbs of it) from AUS-IAH-PDX carry on in a roller suitcase. No Problem, left the Hard Drive in and everything. Just like a really big laptop.

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

If you are taking something like a computer, ship it FedEx, DHL, Airborne or UPS. If it is damaged by airline baggage handlers, there is very limited liability. With services such as FedEx and UPS, there is guaranteed delivery and the item will be insured. For something as valuable as a computer, it is clearly worth the money.


"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

You can have your luggage checked as FRAGILE. Same price, but usually better treatment.

Cheers. Kilavoud.


User currently offlineLonghaulheavy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 402 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the main focus of the new scanners was organic material? (Targeting the actual explosives, not the electrical devices).

I have checked several suitcases full of cables and low-value electronics, and when I take a carry-on, my laptop case has no fewer than 10 cables and 3 other electronic devices. Not once has my carry-on luggage been hand inspected, and only a couple of times have I had the TSA leave their "sticker" on my checked bag.

That said, I would not check a desktop computer for the previous reasons someone else stated. Airline liability limits are low. Plus, if you ship via UPS/FedEx etc., you can insure it, and those shipping companies routinely ship computers. Mark it fragile and send it along ahead of you if that is possible. If not, squeeze it into a carry-on case, and drag it along.


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3809 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1418 times:

But how about the sharp object issue?
Even if a computer case in the hand luggage is found not to be a bomb, will they let me carry it on with all that stuff in it? I know that some terrorists out there would manage to hijack an airplane with a sound card... seriously.



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