Checking a 24" iMac as luggage on airplane

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DeborahRiskTobi, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. DeborahRiskTobi macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    After obsessing about this all day and reading all through the archives on the subject, I have decided to buy a 24" iMac in the US and bring it to Israel with me by checking it on a plane. I am not looking for opinions about whether this is wise to do or all the many issues involved.

    I simply would like to hear from people who have actually already transported this size iMac in the luggage compartment of a plane and any pointers on why you think it was successful or unsuccessful as the case may be. I think I will feel more secure about it if I know more about what people have actually experienced.

    It would be helpful especially if anyone can tell me the exact dimensions of the 2 boxes that this iMac arrives in from the Apple on-line store, as I want to try to find a suitcase large enough to pack it into.

    Thank you so much for any help you can give.
    Deborah
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I would call to flight company and ask how do the deal with these kinda luggage. Also, some company's have special luggage option for golf bags etc, iMac would go to that category
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. Ship it instead. Checking it is almost a guarantee that it will get broken/stolen.
     
  5. Ooz Guest

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    What 2 boxes? My 24" came in ONE ginormous box.
     
  6. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Which was enclosed inside a brown shipping box, right? ;)
     
  7. yoak macrumors 65816

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    I´ve sent my MP 2,8 eight core on a return flight, including one change of planes.
    No problem at all. The airline told me the MP would not be handled any better if it was shipped (as long as it´s marked "fragile"
     
  8. jjxc90 macrumors member

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    I remember I was flying once and there was kid who 'carried-on' an old PC tower. As he de-boarded the pilot made a little jab at him and said "You know they make laptops now right?" Made me smile. :)

    Anyways, I wouldn't check it....but if you do, make sure you declare it's value to the airline. If you don't, and damage/loss does occur, the airline's liability is limited to something like $150.
     
  9. yoak macrumors 65816

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    I have to admit we were very worried if it would work when we started it up though
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Ask if u can put it in the hold with the buggies. This is what my brother did last year. He carried it all the way to the plane then they put it onthe side. At the other end he had to wait at the side to collect it.
     
  11. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...with the extra luggage expense for the over sized item, how much money will you really save?

    ...then what if it gets broken during the transit?...
     
  12. chrisbb macrumors member

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    It is possible, although not sure how to do it.
    i've had a family friend bring back an older imac from the US into Canada via plane. they had no trouble at all.

    i'd ship it viz UPS though, insurance would cover most accidents if it were to happen!?
     
  13. Tom Dahl macrumors member

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    >It would be helpful especially if anyone can tell me the exact dimensions
    >of the 2 boxes that this iMac arrives in from the Apple on-line store, as I
    >want to try to find a suitcase large enough to pack it into.

    10 inches thick, 27 inches wide, 24 inches high.
     
  14. caonimadebi macrumors regular

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    the best advice would be that you arrive 3 hours prior to your planned arrival at the airport for check in, in the likely case that the airline staff will not allow such a large box on board, and you have to find a carrier or to bring it home. the 24" iMac exceeds both the physical dimensions, and the sheer weight limits of what you can carry onboard.
    have you ever made an international flight?
     
  15. phoobo macrumors regular

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    I've done that and it worked out fine

    Hi Deborah,

    I did this very thing from New York to Budapest (non-stop) and it worked out fine. I left the 24" imac in its original box -- unopened in fact -- and just put it right into a ginormous $15 soft suitcase (the kind they sell on the street in various spots all over town - upper Broadway for example). Fits perfectly.

    Don't recall being charged for oversize. You can definitely get the whole thing into a widely-available suitcase size.

    Arrived, no damage.
     

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