Can I take my PC on plane to america?

May 12, 2012 at 00:34:35
Specs: Windows 7
I am moving back to America from Scotland and my husband built me a new PC and bought me a new monitor and the question is can I take my PC on plane to America and how? I don't want to leave it here as it was given to me as a birthday gift...

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May 12, 2012 at 01:23:25
You will have to present it for inspection prior to boarding, but there will be no issue with you taking it on your flight.

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May 12, 2012 at 01:52:33
You will almost certainly have to put the computer in the hold, you wont be able to take it as cabin baggage. Because of this I would remove the hard disk and take it that into the cabin with you, it should fit nicely in your husbands jacket pocket.. That is the most sensitive part and the part that is most likely to get damaged in transit.

Pack it well in a suit case and you should be fine. With something that big you might end up with excess baggage charges. Worth checking with the airline before you depart. They are the people to answer all these kinds of questions.

Bear in mind that the voltage in the UK and US are different. You will need to ensure the the PC can take the 110 v in the US and not the 240 volts it is used to.

With most power supplies this is not a problem but it is worth checking. They will have either a switch to change over or be auto sensing. If they are auto sensing the there will be a label that say 120/240 v 56/60 Hz.


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May 12, 2012 at 02:30:17
Hi Stuart

would think same, perhaps more importantly, goes for the (separate) monitor, maybe also cycles are important.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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May 12, 2012 at 02:31:22
The "auto sensing" thing is called Active PFC.

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May 12, 2012 at 06:06:07
Yeah, go thru airport security scanners with a HDD in your pocket. That will work out really well for you :)

Package it up & ship it to yourself or a friend/relative in the US.

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May 12, 2012 at 08:15:26
X-ray have no effect on magnetic media unless they are an unusually high value in which case the individual would be at risk.

Test were done some time ago on X-rays and computers and at the levels used in security scanners they are not going to do any harm.

Metal detectors on the other hand could cause damage but it is a simple matter to warn the individual that you have a disk drive in your possession and have it avoided. Even then, the level of the magnetic field is so low it is unlikely to cause any damage.


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May 12, 2012 at 10:09:26
Watch out for costs. Might be cheaper to sell it or even use a shipping company. Some airlines are charging a lot for extra baggage.

There is some chance that Customs may inquire about data.

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