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    Best way to travel with a laptop..


    hey,

    kinda a strange question but i am shortly travelling to singapore and i need to take my laptop with me. Anyone know if it is safe to stick it in my suitcase or should i take it in my hand luggage??

    Common sense says hand luggage but i don't need it on the plane and i don't really wanna carry it about if i can help it...

    any experiences? or advice??

    cheers

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    I wouldn't check my laptop. Even if your suitcase is well padded and can protect the laptop while being thrown around, airlines have been known to misplace checked baggage and someone can also mistakenly pick up your baggage. While the chances of that may be small, they aren't insignificant. I know someone who had his baggage misplaced on a flight this last December. He still doesn't have it.

    If you really want to check the laptop, I recommend at least removing and carrying the hard drives with you.

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    Originally Posted by Conundrum
    I wouldn't check my laptop. Even if your suitcase is well padded and can protect the laptop while being thrown around, airlines have been known to misplace checked baggage and someone can also mistakenly pick up your baggage. While the chances of that may be small, they aren't insignificant. I know someone who had his baggage misplaced on a flight in late December. He still doesn't have it.

    If you really want to check the laptop, I recommend at least removing and carrying the hard drives with you.
    though that might be the advice! Thanks Conundrum
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    Also, your checked baggage may be subject to inspection. I wouldn't trust the inspectors to repack your laptop as carefully as you will.
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    Originally Posted by mvantuyl
    Also, your checked baggage may be subject to inspection. I wouldn't trust the inspectors to repack your laptop as carefully as you will.
    mmm, or at all is what i was worried about !!

    Thanks guys, i think i will take it on with me
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    Good idea.

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    Definitely best way to take it is in your hand luggage.
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    Definately hand carry it. I travelled back from Kuwait shortly after the September 11th attacks and all luggage had to go in the hold and my laptop mysteriously disappeared from the laptop bag. Thankfully it was a company one so I wasn't out of pocket, my boss wasn't best pleased though!


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    fyi: most american airlines allow you one carry on bag plus one personal item which can be a laptop, purse, or briefcase. So you can still take another carryon besides the laptop. But yea, I never let my laptop out of my sight when I travel. I don't even let the bellhop take it.

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    You may also want to look into getting a rider on your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy to cover lost computers and other expensive items during travel. Businesses typically have insurance for computer loss.
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    laptop premiums aren't cheap

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    Re: size and carry-on. If you forego the official laptop carrying case you can probably fit it in another small bag with other carry-on items. Mine has a pretty large screen and still comfortably fits in a medium size backpack along with books, magazines, whatever else you're carrying on ...
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    Originally Posted by codergeek42
    Good idea.

    Have a nice trip!
    hehe... are you always this informative?

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    Official laptop bags are often much bulkier and heavier than necessary. I often put 2 laptops in laptop carrying cases but lately I've been using sleeve-type cases which are much smaller. On my last flight, I put 2 laptops and an xbox in my 2500ci backpack along with food and a couple of books to read. A couple of years ago, they didn't separately scan the xbox but they did this last time around.
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    Thanks guys, all that is really helpful. If i don't have too much stuff in my backpack i wil just sling it in there but other wise i will have to take my lappy case which would be a bit of a pain cus it is more to carry and more to loose :S

    Oh and i booked my flights today very happy now!! Travel out 6th March, which is a bit later than planned but still !!
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