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Travelling with laptop

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by crussader, Jul 14, 2015.

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  1. crussader

    crussader Low-Roller

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    Silly question, but I have never flown with a laptop before. What are the rules? I understand it needs to be turned on and sent through the security scanner. Do I leave it on the logon screen or do I need to login and bring up Windows? What else do I need to know?

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. captainron62

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    I have not heard anything about it being turned on? I travel several times a month with mine and most airports have you take it out and run it separately thru the scanner, that is all I have ever done. Some airports don't even require that anymore.

    I have TSA pre check so today when I flew in from Vegas I didn't even have to take it out of my bag.
     
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    You don't need to turn it on.

    Take it out of the bag and put it in its own container to go through the X-ray machine and that's it.
     
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    NCISfan Low-Roller

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    When I travel I take my laptop. I have never had to turn it on. You do have to remove it from it's case and put it in a bin by it self to be scanned. If it is in your checked bag no worries unless a handler wants to relieve you of it.
     
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    Yeah, don't turn it on.

    Probably because you haven't flown with a laptop you never noticed but at the security lines there is usually somebody there shouting instructions to the people in line and that includes what to do with your laptop (take it out of its case, put it in its own bin).

    Also, there is usually somebody there handling the trays and answering questions as people put there stuff in the bins... if you have what looks like a laptop bag they will say "if that is a laptop, take it out of its bag and put it in its own bin"
     
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    crussader Low-Roller

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    Thanks guys! Glad I asked. Saved me from looking silly.
     
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    If you're selected for TSA pre-check or sign up for it you don't even take it out of your bag. I've been in the pre-check program since its inception. No porn scanner. Keep your shoes, belt, light jacket on. Just submit to a background check. I think they charge for it now. I was selected by Delta and TSA as one of the guinea pigs when they started the program as with nearly 3 million miles on Delta and flying every week I'm not much of a risk.

    If you travel internationally get the Global Entry Visa card. Covers you for TSA pre-check too. You bypass the long passport lines. All you do is scan your passport and your palm (for finger prints). Machine spits out a piece of paper, give it to an agent and your through. Last time I was through Immigration in Boston in under 90 seconds. Mexico just started the same program for US citizens frequently traveling there I was told.
     
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    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    These answers are appropriate if you are flying internally within the US. Are you? In other countries, and esp flying to the US, there might be additional issues at play. For instance - ALL electronics should be fully charged because it's possible you'll be asked to turn something on. I've had this happen in China and in France (en route back to the US) in the past year. In China, they never seem to care about my laptop but always want to examine all my cords (so I've learned to pack them neatly in China where normally I don't care because they're not going to be pulled out). Some airports want laptops AND tablets pulled at security.

    So more details are helpful so we know how to answer.....
     
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    Yup, if you are in tsa pre check then you don't even have to take it out. If you aren't then you have to at least take it out and put it in a separate bin. No need to turn it on, I think that may have been an issue right after 9/11 but not anymore.

    Beware to take your laptop out of your carryon. TSA is kind of a stickler with that. On one trip I forgot about it. When my bag went through the scanner they caught the laptop and gave me the third degree. Took me aside and swabbed down my bag and looked at everything inside of it. Patted me down and basically looked at me as a security risk just because I forgot to take it out of my carry on. They did turn on the laptop just make sure it really worked. This was about 4 years ago. It was an honest mistake, I was in a rush and forgot about it but guess they get mad if you don't follow rules. I had other friends who forgot but they were allowed to just take it out and have it scanned so I guess I just got in the wrong line on their bad day.
     
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    So far I've never been told to take it out, and re-scan mine. Guess I've just been lucky. But, last trip someone I was with had to go back through, and run it again. Guess they just like me more.
     
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    I do this all the time (actually a netbook).

    They seldom make you turn it on anymore. They used to do it for a while, both before and after 9-11.

    If you get stuck with the regular plebean line, take it out of your bag and put it in a bin by itself. If you get Pre-Check, you can leave it in your bag.
     
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    I'm sure there has to be some sort of pattern or system to China's airport security process, but I couldn't even begin to guess what it is.
     
  13. nostresshere

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    Years ago, they required it to boot up. Apparently to make sure it was a laptop and not some bad thing, like a b-mb. Somebody with a brain finally realized you can can make it boot and still be a b-mb. Silly people.
     
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    Yeah, I just try to pay attention, smile (not too much) and do what they direct me to do. So far, so good! (and the domestic security is just as odd as international terminals)
     
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