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laptops & airport x-ray machiners

jonKranked

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heading back stateside tomorrow... got some recently purchased delicates I don't want damaged and hence will be carrying on and a laptop place in checked luggage. my question... will a laptop computer be safe/unaffected if it is placed in a piece of checked luggage? i'm not worried about physical damage (its a work machine), just data loss from the scanners - IIRC checked luggage is submitted to a larger dosage of radiation. will it be ok?
 

Potroast88

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My girlfriends uncle flew from Chicago to Phoenix for Christmas and put a brand new $3000.00 laptop in his checked bags and it disappeared. He contacted the airline, but I don't know if he ever got compensation.
 

binary visions

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X-rays won't affect the hard drive.

There's definitely no guarantee that you won't lose data from the thing being physically destroyed, though.
 

jonKranked

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well its a work laptop and most of the data is backed up on our central databases. my own personal laptop is coming with me as carry-on. its cathay pacific airlines so i'm not too worried about things dissappearing....


::knocks on wood::
 

Quo Fan

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The chances are great of the laptop being stolen from checked luggage. I saw on a news program a while back that the morons they employ as baggage handlers more often than not go through luggage to see what is inside that they can steal.
 

binary visions

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...but, but, I've got a TSA approved lock on there! Surely the baggage handlers wouldn't abuse a government regulation like that.
 

jimmydean

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Sep 10, 2001
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I don't check anything if I can avoid it. I'm one of those jackasses that carries everything I can on the plane.
 

Leethal

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Oct 27, 2001
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Likelihood of laptop not making 99.9% doesn't matter the airlines, do you think baggage handlers at Cathay Pacific really make signifigantly more than those at Delta???