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[Flying] What do I do with my computer/Hard Drive in Carry On?

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Hi! My visa has been approved and our plane tickets to America are booked. We're flying in five days!
 

But I'm running into a few issues here... I have a computer. Like tower and desktop and everything. My mother said she'll ship it since I obviously can't fit the whole thing in my suitcase.

 

But I'm worried about the important parts (motherboard and hard drive) breaking or getting damaged during the shipping process so I'd like to extract them and take them with me on the plane. Both my suitcases are PACKED and I'm scared I might snap them while sitting on the suitcase in order to get it closed. So I'd like to take it in my carry on... But can I do that? One, is that even allowed (We're flying Lufthansa, in case that matters) and two, should I be worried about the x ray damaging them?

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Congratulations on your visa approval!

 

You can wrap the individual parts in a anti-static bag and then bubble wrap. 

 

Honestly I would be easier to only take the hard drive and rebuild the computer over here. I would put it in the luggage not carry on. I don't think the x-rays will damage it though. So many people go through customs with their laptop which is scanned.

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I would leave the motherboard and hard drives in the tower if possible since they are screwed down and held in place by the case, same for the hard drives. I have flown with computer towers as my checked bag with no issues on the plane, just unplug the wires before you fly so they don't break the connectors and if you have an expensive video card it might be wise to take it out since they are not that secure in the case when they get heavy.

 

the x-ray will not hurt the components, they x-ray laptops all the time.  they may however need to open the box with the tower in it to make sure there is nothing illegal inside since the x-ray can't see inside the metal case. also filling the tower with clothes dampens the shock on the components so they are less likely to break and uses some space that would be wasted.

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1 hour ago, LeonieJensen said:

Hi! My visa has been approved and our plane tickets to America are booked. We're flying in five days!
 

But I'm running into a few issues here... I have a computer. Like tower and desktop and everything. My mother said she'll ship it since I obviously can't fit the whole thing in my suitcase.

 

But I'm worried about the important parts (motherboard and hard drive) breaking or getting damaged during the shipping process so I'd like to extract them and take them with me on the plane. Both my suitcases are PACKED and I'm scared I might snap them while sitting on the suitcase in order to get it closed. So I'd like to take it in my carry on... But can I do that? One, is that even allowed (We're flying Lufthansa, in case that matters) and two, should I be worried about the x ray damaging them?

I bought an external hard disk with large space, bought the PC here instead. Got no problem carrying my external hdd in my handbag.

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To be honest I wouldnt bother shipping the tower, I did this and because of the different power supply it didnt work as it did at home. Had a new power unit fitted and that was fine for a while. I would just take the hard drive and buy a new pc in the us. Just my experience.

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On 9/5/2017 at 10:46 AM, LeonieJensen said:

So I'd like to take it in my carry on... But can I do that? 

Yes

 

On 9/5/2017 at 10:46 AM, LeonieJensen said:

One, is that even allowed (We're flying Lufthansa, in case that matters)

Yes, and no, it does not matter.

 

On 9/5/2017 at 10:46 AM, LeonieJensen said:

and two, should I be worried about the x ray damaging them?

Maybe. No more than you would if they were checked in, as they would still be x-rayed. 

 

 

 

 

 

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You could also get empty external hard drive cases of the appropriate sizes for them, which would solve the "snapping" concern. 

 

I have flown multiple times with my laptop and external hard drive in my carry on and I've never had an issue with anything being damaged. 

FYI all luggage gets xrayed, you just don't see it happen to your checked bags ;) 

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