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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:37 AM
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Traveler's dilemma.. You have a $2k laptop & a designer handbag
do you "risk" it and put it in "checked baggage"..or do you forfeit the airline ticket price and just stay home?

Or do you book passage to Alabama and buy it back from the lost luggage warehouse store..?

Or include a note to the baggage handler who will lift it and take it home?

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BooScout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:39 AM
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1. You go........
But you make sure the cute security guy does the body cavity search.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:40 AM
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2. I would never check a 2k laptop
I would take it as a carry on though...and have in the past, with lesser laptops.... :)

Speaking of which the TSA stopped my brothers from smuggling firecrackers into the state of Alaska...ten days ago...
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:41 AM
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3. If the Heathrow rules catch on, you won't
only medicine & a wallet ...and both in a plastic baggie are allowed on now... laptops won;t fit in a baggie :)
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:46 AM
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4. hell with that...
laptops wont' survive regular check in...damn, even my razor doesn't make it through checked baggage without getting busted!...Sorry, still reading up on the heathrow news, myself...
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 06:28 AM
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12. If you get two of those gallon size baggies, you can get the laptop in it
one on each end.

Next - purses/totebags that are clear..I don't have the jack to do that but SOMEONE will come up with designer clear baggies for your travel needs...just you watch.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:11 PM
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14. If the won;t even allow an electronic car key or garage opener
I don;t think a laptop would be allowed..

Business travelers (like my son) will be doing more driving, I think
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:51 AM
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5. Musicians have always had this problem
especially where instrument cases are borderline with regard to size for hand luggage. No banjo jokes please but even amateur banjo players have got antique instuments valued at up to $ 20000 and well beyond that.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:18 AM
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6. There is too much business to be lost doing things like this...
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 04:19 AM by wakeme2008
I will not fly to the Caribbean for my Nov cruise if I can not take my camera and laptop. Same goes for my New Zealand cruise.



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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:30 AM
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7. gee whiz? You don't want to "check" it and then pray it will be there?
the camera thing & cruising reminded me of something that happened to us one time.. remember the old instamatic cameras with the lever thing on the side that you manually advanced with each picture?

As wel pulled out of Miami for a cruise, my husband took a picture and the lever thingie broke off in his hand.. we had to buy a camera on the ship (not a smart thing to do)..

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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:40 AM
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8. These restrictions are supposed to be only temporary...
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 04:42 AM by regnaD kciN
I can't imagine making them permanent.

Too many businesspeople need their laptops to do work on board...and aren't going to want to entrust them to baggage handlers in any event. Not just because of damage, but because of the chance of someone getting to the information inside.

Then, there's someone like me. I have a photography business. If I get sent on an assignment to somewhere out of the country, or even a few hundred miles away, there's no way on earth I'm going to drop my camera equipment backpack on a conveyer belt and trust that it will make it to its destination undamaged. And I doubt many oridnary tourists would be willing to take that chance with their cameras or camcorders, either.

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joeunderdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 06:23 AM
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11. I missed this. How long are these restrictions supposed to last?
And what airlines are requiring this kind of check-in's? Just British?
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:14 AM
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9. fed-ex them to your destination
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:18 AM
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10. when my boys flew to grandma's house we always boxed up their
stuff and sent it ahead.. They went with books to read on the flight..and that was IT.. No carry on no luggage..

Nothing to get lost :)
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 06:42 AM
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13. Delivery co's lose things, too! But maybe not as often.
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