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If you have TB's of data and haven't backed them up, then you have too much data or not enough TB's (for the backup). That data is already at risk, which is your choice! So as Paul mentioned, re-wrap them. But I suggest going further than "a bit of bubble wrap". All HD's come in commercial packing, and shipping companies here don't honor those ...


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Hard drives are well known to security - they won't be bothered by it at all. The external cases mentioned elsewhere will make it look more normal, but an anti-static bag will not pose any problems. However: Obviously hard-drives are really sensitive to movement and could break easily if wrongly handled. is not entirely true. Running drives don't like ...


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I've traveled with hard disks in the past, both enclosed and unenclosed ones. I've never had a single issue with enclosed hard drives - nearly everyone seems to know what they are and understand that they pose no security hazard. The only time I've been stopped was by an elderly gentleman manning the security at JFK. He had difficulty understanding what it ...


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I have done this a couple of times until two years ago - within Europe only though. And while it was never I problem, I always had to show the HDD separately etc - and in the last case was recommended (by security staff at Birmingham (BHX) airport) to buy a cheap (€15) external case, pop the HDD in that and less questions (if any) would be asked. I have ...


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The whole idea behind making sure that electronic devices work is to make sure that the internal parts are not replaced with a bomb, if someone tries to smuggle a bomb inside an electronic device, it will not be possible to achieve that while keeping the original components intact, so the best is just to make sure the device is working and this will exclude ...


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Only devices in carry-on luggage are checked. If you for some reason need to take laptop w/o battery or with battery discharged, you can still put it in the checked-in luggage.


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not ARE, but CAN BE. If asked and you can't turn it on, it can be confiscated. No reason to risk it, just charge the darn thing before you leave and have the battery in.


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The primary purpose of most luggage locks is not to guard against a bag being opened by unauthorized persons, but rather to ensure that the bags don't get opened by things they brush against. They may also provide some protection against the possibility of a bag being opened by the owner of a similar-looking bag who mistook it for his own (unless that other ...


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Baggage theft in the USA is no worse than in Europe, as long as you have no valuables in your luggage you have no worries. And for the opportunistic thief, a lock is a flag that says there maybe something worth stealing in the bag. I never lock my bags, and with more than a million miles flying have only lost one maglight flashlight out of my bags in all ...


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You have to differentiate between 3 things: Government air travel security restrictions Airline policy Customs restrictions Number 1 depends on the airport of departure (and any other airports where you get re-screened). For example, if you fly from the USA to Moscow, a straight razor would be most likely allowed in checked-in luggage (but forbidden in ...


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TSA approved travel locks are a joke. TSA (and anyone who cares) has a master key which will open it. The locks are very light weight, and easy to break. So, in my opinion, a TSA-approved lock is good for exactly one thing: Slowing someone down who might try to get into your bag in your presence. That is to say, on a bus, or train, or in the airport. ...


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According to the S7 Airlines baggage policy, there is no restriction on blades in baggage (or even carry-on baggage, which is surprising and probably not accurate). From the Federal Customs Service, The list of personal-use goods which import and (or) export from the customs territory of the customs union is banned or restricted, blades are also not ...


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In a word, money. And to some extent, people. Everything costs. Some airports have had scares in the past and will allocate more money to TSA procedures. Some changes, like the Global Entry Pass, have improved some things and will cost additional money. Let's say the TSA has decided some new fancy scanner is the latest and greatest bomb detector. Can ...


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There are 67,000 people in the TSA, and an increasing number of airports that opt for privatized security companies to do the job instead, so some variance will be inevitable. In your particular case, it sounds like either you've been going through the TSA Precheck line at OAK, or they're confused/lazy/running a quiet trial and applying the Precheck rules ...


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Osama bin Ladin was found and killed in Pakistan, one of al-Qaeda's alleged senior operatives, Adam Pearlman, is an American citizen that is supposed to have joined al Qaeda while in Pakistan, the US Department of State recommends US citizens avoid Pakistan for all but essential travel due to terroristic threats, the 2008 Mumbai attacks were carried out by ...


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I had to do exactly that once, at London Heathrow. What I did was to give the old bag to one of the cleaners emptying the bins. He took it and probably disposed it somewhere.


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"Losing" your property is not illegal. If you have a case you cannot dispose of I would just "forget" to pick it up. Coin lockers are convenient here. Or the baggage carousel. The airport (or any public space) should provide suitable disposal facilities. If they don't they create their own problems. Maybe don't leave a wind-up clock inside the old ...


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No need to buy a new suitcase! Don't all international airports have a luggage wrapping service? If you arrive at the airport to find your luggage slightly broken, the luggage wrapping service will be a good solution. It is a better solution that buying a new suitcase in the airport. When they wrap the luggage, they often cut out the wheels and handles, so ...


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You should probably attempt these in the given order: If the broken bag is small enough compared to the new one, place it within the new bag Ask security Ask your airline personnel Leave the suitcase open and as obviously empty as you can make it next to a bin with a piece of paper that says "TRASH" or equivalent


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OK So I went to the airport. I was carrying the official documentation for my device signed by the manufactures and doctors. I was allowed to not put my device in the xray (in case of damage). The device was swabbed and they did not require my to turn it on. The documentation given by the manufactures explained why this was so and contact details etc. The ...


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Screening at the gate is done at a number of other major airports, including Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur International, etc. And it has one massive advantage from the airport operator's point of view: you don't need to separate arrivals and departures. This means that instead of essentially duplicating all routes to the aircraft (one for passengers ...



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