Anyone tried taking a boxed Mac Pro on a plane?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AVR2, May 23, 2011.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Further to my post about a second-hand Mac Pro, I'll be visiting the USA soon and I'm tempted to buy an 8-core Mac Pro while I'm there (about $1100/£680 cheaper than buying the same model in the UK) and bring it back home on the plane with me. Is this really practical? Anyone done something similar?

    The shipping weight, according to Amazon, is 51 pounds, which is 23kg and hence well within my luggage allowance.
  2. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2010
    Fedex/UPS doesn't exactly baby such a package.

    I would expect that a Mac Pro in its original packaging should "fare" quite well on a commercial jet.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    My parents frequently take boxed bikes overseas so a Mac, with its smaller box, shouldn't be a problem.
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    Being a person that used to "throw bags" (as they call it) at Denver International, I would cast my vote AGAINST checking a Mac Pro in luggage. I doubt it will fit under the seat or in overhead bins, and if there's a bag type that gets most abused, it's small bags that weigh eleventy tons. Ramper grabs it, feels how heavy it is, and lets it fall to ground, throws it with great vengeance and furious anger onto carts and belts... repeat at every phase of transfer for that bag. I'd trust a shipper over airline baggers any day.
    Bike boxes are awkward, but very light, and bikes are pretty durable.
  5. Fesan macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/5.19802/24.854; U; en) Presto/2.5.25 Version/10.54)

    I thought about this a while back and decided against it because I did not think it would survive the baggage handling.

    However my plan was to take out all vital parts and carry them on, then just send the box.

    Risk of damage is ALOT lower IMO if you take out CPU daughterboard, ram, HD, graphicscard etc and carry them on the plane.
  6. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    In the US the machine will be 120V 60hz. Might be a problem if you are 240v 50hz.

    You will also need to clear customs in your country. They might want to charge you some kind of import duty / tax.
  7. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008

    The PSUs are compatible with both voltages.

    This, however, will make the operation probably not cost efficient as they will definitely charge taxes.
    Not worth the risk.

    To protect the Pro form being damaged (which it definitely will in its normal box) you'd also need some kind of Pelican case, which alone is several hundred dollars. You'll end up paying more than just buying it in the UK.
  8. Torster macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2010
    Folsom, CA
  9. fabriciom macrumors 6502


    Feb 17, 2008
    Madrid, España
    a mac pro box will fit in the overhead compartment of a 747.
  10. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Duly noted :eek:
  11. DeeEss macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    I've done it plenty. I have it in a Pelican Case to protect it. I take out the mechanical drives and put them in my hand luggage. It's not cheap though shipping with FedEx or UPS works out about the same as a plane ticket and excess baggage isn't cheap at all. You WON'T get it on as hand luggage which is normally limited to around 7kgs.
  12. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    Yeah with no room left for fellow passengers. Don't be so selfish.

  13. Riot Nrrrd macrumors regular

    Riot Nrrrd

    Feb 23, 2011
    Lost Androideles
    A friend flew from LA to Detroit to do some music production work and checked his Mac (in its original Apple box) in as checked luggage.

    It somehow never arrived at the other end. Gee, funny about that ...

    Don't Do It.

    (Or, if you have to do it, put it in a different, unmarked box.)

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