Bringing an iMac on the plane

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Juggertha, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Juggertha macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2011
    I'm moving overseas next year and am trying to figure out the best way to bring my 27" iMac. I still have the original box, so that's an option.

    Any other thoughts?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Sell it and buy a portable machine. There's no good way to take a 27" iMac on an airplane, either as a carry on (it won't fit in the overhead) or as checked luggage.
  3. Juggertha thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2011
    I do not need nor want a portable machine.

    Selling it, and then buying another iMac is an option I suppose, but this one is quite new.
  4. Malizzar macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
    Why don't you simply pack the original packaged box inside a bigger box with either foam or airbag packaging material inside to protect it. Then even if the outer box gets some damage your iMac and box inside should be fine.
  5. tivchev macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
    My 27" iMac is flying from South Africa to Europe this coming Saturday as check-in luggage... Will let you know how that turns out...
  6. paulbee macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    If you're traveling with a checked iMac, I strongly recommend purchasing some kind of insurance against theft, loss, or damage. Airlines typically are not responsible for the value of checked high-end electronics, should something happen to them.
  7. Dooger macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2009
  8. Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    THIS do this
  9. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    Hahaha, when I saw this post title the first thing I thought of was someone trying to setup an iMac on one of the little seat-back tray tables and using it during the flight :D
  10. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    FORMER TSA Officer Here!!!

    Please don't bring it as checked luggage since IT WILL definitely sustain a tumble or two. Checked baggage is not treated as delicate.

    I would pack it up in the original box and have it sent via FedEX or UPS to your new location. Just have it sent out the day before you leave and you'll be there to receive it.

    Shipping it means that you can insure it. If it is insured, it means the people that handle it will need to exercise good judgment, which will not be the case with TSA and Baggage handlers.

    PS: if you're worried about the appearance of the box, you could always stop by an Apple store and ask for one of the shipping boxes the iMac's come in. The always get shipped with a brown box around the OEM box to keep it looking pretty. Obviously they just recycle these so someone might be willing to donate one to you.
  11. tomville macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011
    This post is the truth. Seriously, this is the best answer.
  12. Juggertha thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2011

    Now THIS is the kind of experience I wanted to hear about.

    Thanks so much, man.
  13. sl33t macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    lol thats what i thought too:)
  14. heyloo macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Great tip. Thanks!
  15. 1goodidea macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Definately courier it to yourself. No way you can take a 27 inch on a plane.

    I knew someone that took a white 17 inch as carry on in a bag and that was on the limits of being allowable. I think it was over weight but just snuck in on size in a duffle bag.
  16. tivchev, Nov 26, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011

    tivchev macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
    so here it is... 27" iMac just arrived from South Africa to Europe as checked luggage after being on three different flights.

    The actual computer was wrapped up in bubble wrap and placed in a hard suitcase with some of the original styrofoam padding with some additional clothing. The stand was removed and travelled in a different suitcase.

    No import tax and no damage of any sort. Couldn't be happier!
  17. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    Same! Hah!
  18. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    Send it via FedEx or UPS after it has been professionally packed.
  19. Juggertha thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2011

    Good to know. I'm curious, did you not have the original box, or just not want to use it?
  20. tivchev macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
    Had the box but felt that hard case was the way to go... worked out.
  21. piatti, Jan 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012

    piatti macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2010
    Could you attach a picture of how you packed the iMac? and what was the price charged for the iMac luggage?


    How much do they charge for the 27inch rolling bag? I hope it's hard case to prevent damage?
  22. Juggertha thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2011
    This move is coming up for me this summer... any other ideas?
  23. turbobass macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2010
    Los Angeles
  24. PaulKemp macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    Hi, I'm not sure if I want to advise this, but I am currently sitting in front of my own iMac 27" that i sent as normal luggage earlier today. It made it through from the States via the Netherlands to Norway.

    I had a hardcover container, and I wrapped the iMac in with about 7 cm of bubble wrap on all sides. And it fit snug in the bag. Made it trough! i did it 'cause FedEx wanted 550$ for shipping it. No customs or anything.

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