to carry i mac on the flight

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Deepak Tamang, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Deepak Tamang macrumors newbie

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    Hi, Is it allowed to carry I mac in the plane? The I mac cover has a battery sign which did not allow me to take it. I then inquired with the apple and they do not have a battery but a small coin battery to run the clock and the firmware.

    Anyone can help me out?
     
  2. ThatSandWyrm macrumors regular

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    The issue with computer batteries in flight has to do with the large amount of energy stored in modern lithium-ion laptop batteries (about 1/6th that of a hand grenade), and the nasty fire (and poisonous fumes) you would get if one were punctured or shorted intentionally.

    The little coin-sized alkaline watch battery that keeps your system clock and BIOS running while the computer is unplugged is far too weak to be weaponized in any way. Not that a clueless security goon is obligated to know the difference, but it's not something anyone should be afraid of. Tell the goons that it's just a "watch battery", and they might relent. You might even show them that the computer can't be turned on unless it's plugged-in. Because it doesn't have the kind of battery that they're afraid of. Heck, put it through the x-ray machine.
     
  3. Deepak Tamang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for your response. Appreciated a lot! The mouse and keyboard does have a battery. Does that pose an issue or we need to hand carry?
     
  4. richinaus macrumors 6502a

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    Just out of curiousity where will it go when you get on the plane? I cant imagine it would fit in the overhead locker..... but I am sure you have checked all this out.
     
  5. Deepak Tamang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Taking from Bangkok, Thailand to my home country, Bhutan. No..no..I will just hand carry the keypad and mouse. Or even the keypad and mouse will not pose any issue or danger? Let me know.

    Best regards,

    Deepak.
     
  6. ThatSandWyrm macrumors regular

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    Depends. Some of the older Apple keyboards use standard AA batteries. While the new ones use internal Lithium Ion batteries that might cause you a problem. If you have the latter, consider buying a wired or AA battery powered keyboard/mouse for your trip. Then you can remove/show the non-LiIon batteries if asked. You should have replaced the awful Apple mouse with a decent Logitech one by now anyway. The cheapest ones use AA batteries.
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    If all of this rose out of a security concern, then why would hand-carrying Lithium-Ion batteries be any better than putting them in your checked luggage? What exactly are the regulations that you're worried about?
     
  7. pl1984 macrumors 68020

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    How are these batteries any different than those used in a myriad of other portable electronic devices such as laptops, iPads, iPods, Walkmans, miniDisc, Discmans, etc?
     
  8. klatox macrumors regular

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    This whole thread is confusing. First you're asking if it's allowed to bring an "I mac" on a plane, then you say there's a sign on it that says you cannot. Then you're saying you just want to bring the mouse and keyboard as carry on? What the hell? Maybe try asking the airline?
     

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