How to carry a laptop on international flight

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, May 18, 2014.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I am going to Italy on the 30th for two months to study design. :p

    I have no experience on flights whatsoever.

    How do I carry a laptop on flight? I've been googling how tos and one article says one thing and another article says another thing.

    Can someone who travels internationally give me a rundown?

    Any tips for living in Rome?
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
  3. bwhinnen macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2010
    San Diego
    Exactly the same as domestically.

    There are no restrictions other than the normal carry on baggage size limits.
  4. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    What kind of advice have you read?

    It's pretty simple. Carry your laptop in its own bag or in your hand luggage. Take it out of its bag through the x-ray so that the laptop goes through on its own and doesn't inhibit the x-ray machine from seeing what else is in your bag.
  5. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
  6. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    How about my DSLR Camera?

    Thanks guys.... traveling for the first time in my life really... heard horror stories about airports.
  7. Imaginator macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2014
    The Cosmos
    Never put anything of value in a check-in bag. Always carry it with you. Not much more to it than that.
  8. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Don't listen to them. Just make sure you get there early enough so that if you can't find your gate you'll be fine. As for security, it's really not bad at all. They'll guide you through it.


    Explore, eat well (it's Italy after all!), and there's this really awesome gelato place near the entrance to the Vatican museums.
  9. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    anything really valuable travels with you.

    enjoy Rome. :)
  10. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    it's $85 to get a TSA known traveler number
    if your airline supports TSA Pre, might be a good investment to walk through security with no checks and not take your stuff out onto the machine
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Also , don't let the stuff out of your sight in the airport.
  12. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
  13. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    Should have gone to France, the best country in Europe.

    Its gonna boring, try to sleep.

    Carry it any laptop bag or laptop suitcase, I really wouldn't want it being carry on because the baggage people throw stuff to much. Keep it with you.

    I do it all the time, be used to local airport fast food, no matter what it might be.

    Drink as much as you can at the local airport bar before you board, so you can drunklidy pass out and ignore most of the fight.

    Go to Paris.

    But if you must live in Rome, Ive been there a bunch of times, I do have a few tips.

    Eating Lunch? Street vendors normally have nice food for cheap
    For Dinner? Keep it to small hole in the wall local places
    Piss anywhere

    And don't get your hopes up, as far as world cities, its not very good to live in, and its gonna suck.

    If I were in your field, I would have went ot France, France is so far ahead of Italy its not even close. So I think you will be at a major disadange.

    But if you must live in Rome, keep to lunch carts for lunch , little places for dinner, avoid tourists, and piss whenever you want, everyone else does.
  14. Happybunny macrumors 68000

    Sep 9, 2010
    One golden tip I can give you, "Never argue with the security people in any airport"If you do at the very least you will have extra searches, you could miss your flight, and even be detained by local police.:(

    As to laptops they must be out of bag, but you can leave them in their sleeves, they are also placed separately in the trays for X ray.
  15. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I travel a fair bit and always have a carry on bag, (which always has a change of clothes, toiletries of the size one is allowed to carry on and plugs, cords, adaptors, etc) and a briefcase. My laptop travels in my briefcase, along with books, papers and my iPod.

    At security, you will be required to remove the laptop from whatever bag it is in, in order to to be examined by the x-ray machines. Keep an eye on your possessions.

    When travelling through airport security make sure your passport and ticket are tucked away securely; I always put mine in the inside breast pocket of my jacket and it is the very first thing I do, before removing my jacket and wallet to place them in the airport security x-ray conveyer belt. This is because I have known individuals who left them behind, beside an x-ray machine, which meant a nightmare later on.

    Do not put anything valuable in your checked-in luggage.

    Drink plenty of water before your flight, and, after you have gone through security, buy a few plastic bottles of water to drink on the flight. I don't advise consuming too much alcohol in the airport; for one thing, - even without alcohol - you get dehydrated on a long flight; for another, arriving in a strange - by which I mean, unknown - country ever so slightly intoxicated may not be a terribly good idea.

    As Happybunny says, do not argue with (but be polite to) airport security personnel.

    Meanwhile, good luck and enjoy your extended visit; Rome is brilliant, especially if you are there to study art and design.

  16. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    This advice probably isn't necessary for the Ops plans but offering it for whatever it's worth.

    When traveling to international destinations (particularly on business) I try not to appear as a typical tourist or clueless business visitor. Particularly if I'm going to Latin or South America. I do some basic research to learn a few things about the area. Once I land and process through I buy a local paper and a popular local drink and carry them openly. I have my local travel arrangements planned so I look like I know where I am and what I'm doing.

    All I'm trying to do is not to appear clueless to local prospectors who pray on the unaware. Hopefully if any are around - and in some areas of the globe they definitely are in the airports looking for marks - they may pass me by.

    I've never had too many problems but have had some interesting moments. One in particular was in the Beijing Airport. I was alone in a restroom, stupid of me, and two men dressed in airport clothing followed me in blocking my exit. I got out okay but learned a valuable lesson of not straying too far from the crowd during processing.

    Again this is not likely too useful info for in the op but though I'd share anyway.
  17. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    Just because your valuables are in your carry on or in your hotel room, doesn't mean they are safe. Back up everything to the cloud or to an extra drive which you keep separate. Then buy insurance and enjoy your trip. I've had cameras and laptops stolen on trips abroad. My insurance agent gave me great advice, worry about the stuff you can't easily replace; daughter, photos and files. Let him worry about the "stuff".
  18. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Here's my protip: don't drink a lot of coffee before a 10 hour flight unless you have something really really interesting to do for 10 hours.
  19. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    And don't want to go to the bathroom a whole bunch of times.
  20. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I hope you have a great time OP. I've always wanted to visit Rome.
  21. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    You can try this strategy to prepare for jet lag. Let's say you normally get up at 7am. Starting a week before, every day get up 1/2 hour earlier, and by the day of the flight you'll practically be on Europe time! :)

    Don't know if you'll be driving but be careful. They say not to drive in Rome because it's a zoo. When I drove through Tuscany/Firenza, I managed to snag to traffic tickets for some BS camera thing in town. It really is good ole revenue raising.
  22. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2006
    Three personal experience tips for Rome, which is a great city (great atmosphere, liked more than Florence)

    1. Don't trust taxi drivers. We were taken on a big detour on arrival going from station to hotel to bump up the fare.

    2. Don't trust taxi drivers when paying with a note needing change. Keep hold of the note until he produces the change. We didn't and he switched the note I gave for lower value one.

    3. Don't trust anyone who asks you for was a lead-in to an attempted scam.

    Transport laptop in sleep mode so you can quickly demo that it's real.
    Digital cameras are OK with Xray nowadays.
  23. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    worth repeating.

    And make sure you have some basic toiletries and a change of underwear in your carry-on bag just in case your checked luggage gets lost

    don't buy too much water though......a lot of international airports do a final security check at the boarding gate and you might not be get to take those bottles of water onboard
  24. CulunGule macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2014
    Laptop in your carry on bag. Take it out for customs control. Do as you will see other people do. Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in europe. Enjoy!
  25. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Unless you have a TSA approved laptop bag, you have to take your laptop out and send it through security in it's own bin. That's in the US, don't know what Italian airport security's requirements are for laptops. And if you fly through Chicago, prepare to explain to them what a TSA laptop approved bag because every time (and I am not exaggerating here) I have flown through both Midway or O'Hare, the TSA agent barked at me to take my laptop out of my bag until I explained to them it was TSA approved. TSA at other airports have never given me trouble over it.

    General rule of checked bags is don't put anything in there you want back when you arrive. No laptops, cameras, electronics, etc.

    Unless you're in first class, don't assume you'll have any way to charge your gadgets at your seat, so plan accordingly. If you were going to load up a laptop with 10 hours worth of movies to make it through the flight, think again.

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