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Bringing an iMac on the plane

Juggertha

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Jun 18, 2011
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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?
 

Juggertha

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Jun 18, 2011
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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.
 

Malizzar

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Jul 9, 2011
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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.
 

tivchev

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Jun 16, 2011
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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?

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...
 

paulbee

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Nov 17, 2011
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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.
 

rogersmj

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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
 

ZZ Bottom

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Apr 14, 2010
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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.
 

tomville

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Jun 9, 2011
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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.

This post is the truth. Seriously, this is the best answer.
 

Juggertha

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Jun 18, 2011
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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.


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

Thanks so much, man.
 

heyloo

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Nov 2, 2006
268
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NY
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.

Great tip. Thanks!
 

1goodidea

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Nov 11, 2011
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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.
 

tivchev

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Jun 16, 2011
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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...

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!
 
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Juggertha

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Jun 18, 2011
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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!


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

piatti

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Jun 9, 2010
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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!

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

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How much do they charge for the 27inch rolling bag? I hope it's hard case to prevent damage?
 
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PaulKemp

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Jun 2, 2009
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Norway
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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