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I used to 'get around this' technicality by asking at the info desks at airports where there might be a power point to charge my laptop etc, even if I'd spotted some. They'd usually helpfully point out one, or say 'oh just use any you find'. That way I figured I'd be able to argue being covered if it came down to security yelling at me or worse. I've also ...


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It's not theft. Unless otherwise noted, intentionally blocked, or obviously intended for some other purpose (e.g. to plug in an ATM), the outlets in the waiting area are specifically there for passenger convenience. In fact, airliners and airports are specifically expanding this functionality for more people to take advantage of; Omaha's Eppley Airfield ...


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Seems unlikely it's anything more than normal electrostatic discharge. The fact that it only affects you could be related to your clothes or shoes (especially if they are made of synthetic fibers). I also wonder whether the moving conveyor belt could be acting as a Van de Graff generator. Do you not get shocks like that under other circumstances? (I live ...


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Disclaimer: IANAL Allegedly if CBP officers find something clearly marked as "business confidential", they may not proceed without authorization of higher-ups. Guidelines have been described in document DoHS's document "Privacy Impact Assessment: CBP and ICE Border Searches of Electronic Devices". Seems that according to this if CBP officers would ...


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The fourth line of text on the device (counting those two lines on the top right) says: EINGANG 230V~50Hz 4W where 'Eingang' is German for 'input', '230V~50Hz' means '230Volts AC at 50Hz' and 4W is the maximum power. Since the US mains have a voltage of 120V and a frequency of 60Hz, you will need a transformer, but then the device will work.


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As I understand it, lithium batteries are not permitted to be carried aboard if there is any possibility of the contacts being shorted out in transit (this can lead to excessive current draw, heat, and possibly fire or even explosion). If the battery is inside your laptop, it is considered protected against accidental short. If a battery is carried outside ...


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A random search of your computers seems very unlikely but what I read also suggests that you have basically no legal recourse against it should it happen. The only workable solution I am aware of is to upload the data somewhere and then download it once you are in the US. Of course, this creates all sorts of new security issues (how to secure the transfer ...


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All "normal" mains power supplies should be OK. Most 'universal' supplies will work down to 90 VAC. Most switch mode supplies convert the AC to DC and then deal with that. You can find exotic systems - but not in normal use. Maybe shipboard or aircraft in extreme cases - but nothing that they would supply to members of the public. Rarely in "out of the ...


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Yes, the regulations did change both in the US and in Europe. There is an older question about using a Kindle on flights, where I recently added an answer explaining the change of rules of both the FAA and the EASA. For your specific case with Swiss, the change by the EASA is responsible. Their press release states: The EU's Aviation Safety Agency ...


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To add to Josh B's answer - Wan Chai Computer Centre. Wan Chai MTR Station, Exit A4 on to the pedestrian bridge, there will be escalators when you hit the main road to let you get down to street level. It is right next to a McDonalds (you can see that sign from the bridge). Less busy than the rest, good range. Mong Kok Computer Centre. Mong Kok MTR Station ...


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According to Wikipedia, the minimal voltage is 100 V in Japan and the maximum voltage 240 V in several countries. As for the frequency, they all lie between 50-60 Hz. So there isn't any country with such an exotic voltage or frequency that wouldn't fit the range you mentioned. If you think of it, it wouldn't make sense for a small country to go too far ...


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There is a EUR 430 allowance but it's explicitly for goods “having no commercial character”. So if you want to sell them, you're not OK, no matter their value. Incidentally, even a single brand new Apple Mac Book for your own use would not be OK either because it would be over the limit (bringing back your own used laptop is a different question). It was a ...


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There is no single source to check if there is Wi-Fi in a certain flight or not. The best thing you can do right now is to check the airline's website to see if the flight supports Wi-Fi or not. Remember, if the airline advertises Wi-Fi that does not mean all its fleet/flights has it. Sometimes certain types of airplanes in an airline have it while others ...


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According to the Sleeping in Airports review, you can charge for a fee at Terminal 1, Boarding Area B near Gate 23 Terminal 3, Boarding Area E near Gate 61 Terminal 3, Boarding Area F near Gate 87 You might find free plugs elsewhere, but if you're desperate head on over and get charged up, then do more looking.


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In most airports or trains stations, you can buy a multi-adaptor. They let you switch between almost any country, except South Africa, usually, as it's a ginormous plug. Example: Alternatively, look at the link that Andra commented on with, where you could look into a powerstrip with different source plugs that you could adapt to. However, I figure ...


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If you'd accept a calculation, rather than requiring potentially expensive equipment to measure it, there's a website that does that for you: Calculate the dose received From one of their document pages: Generally, detectors only provide correct readings for some of these particles. To obtain a correct measurement, it is necessary to use a series ...


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This page provides an excellent overview of radiation types and what you are most liable to encounter. For airline flights gamma-radiation is the most probable type. (Alpha particles are stopped by paper, Beta by thin foil or similar. You can buy commercial instruments that will detect radiation for from about $200 on up. An off the shelf "PIN diode" ...


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It's not as important as the power requirement. From a piece on Wikitravel: Frequency is generally not a problem--most travel items will work on either 50 or 60 Hz. If all the electrical appliance does is produce heat or light (except fluorescent lighting), then the frequency is unlikely to matter. However, I assume you're talking about a laptop ...


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I've done this all over the world without incident. Just make sure your devices are ok with the voltage coming from the wall, and that you're not throwing away grounding protection by using a two prong adapter instead of one with a grounding strip. To check voltages, I use Wikipedia. In your case Spain and the UK are on the same voltage, so that's not an ...


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Have you tried the Tumi adapter kit...? http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4209721 $ 50 may seem expensive, but it's never let me down. You can also look for cheaper alternatives if you search for "Universal Adapter Kits".


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One of the most important things when buying power strips is safety! I do not see anyone mention this. There are two different safety issues here: Safety of the place, for example overloading. Last thing you want to do is burn the hotel room or so. Make sure it can provide power for more devices and in case of any abnormality it should be equipped with ...


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As always, Wikipedia has a good list which can answer this question. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country which has info, specs, and pictures for each plug type by country. It looks like Chile and Argentina have different mains plug types and you may only need an adapter for Argentina.


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In Chile, ungrounded plugs are compatible with Europlugs, so you should be able to use the Swiss plug directly. Some sockets only accept grounded plugs, which have a round grounding pin directly between the two round power pins. Apparently similar plugs are used in Italy, but I had never seen an adapter for it before I came to Chile. I have no recollection ...


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I have travelled quite a lot on both cheap and expensive flights and have never witnessed or heard about theft on the flights, even the cheapest of low-cost flights, although that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I have, however, sometimes wondered the same thing when travelling long-haul to notorious destinations like Mexico/Colombia. Things I have ...


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Not sure where you've been reading that, but I can assure you they're quite wrong, Sim Lim Square sells every make of cheap electronics, so Chinese no-name brands and outright ripoffs are legion. Back in the day when iPhones were the new hotness and weren't officially available in Singapore yet, I remember seeing a plethora of "jPhones", "iFones", "iPhons" ...


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Customs usually wants to know the following things: Did you buy it while abroad? Is it coming TO this country, or THROUGH this country? Is it intended for resale? Is it worth their time? A new MacBook in a box brought back by a resident would satisfy 1-4. 2kg of baby wipes, opened, would stop at #3. A MacBook not in a box would probably pass as used and ...


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While certainly not as good as Nate Eldrege's answer, I have a fairly simple solution for dealing with shocks. Whenever I determine that something is a source of electrostatic discharge, I always put my hand into a fist and discharge with the bottom of my fist (ie: the opposite side that your thumb is on). Tuck your thumb into your closed fist under your ...


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Three approaches: choose an airline that has in-seat power. get a sheet battery - the one I have for my Windows laptop adds another 7 hours or so - that attaches to the laptop and doesn't look external, so you can use it in place get an external battery and take a break for a little while to let it do its charging under your seat or somewhere the crew ...


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Apple claims the 2013 version of MacBook Air has battery that can last up to 12 hours. (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=MacBook_Air&oldid=577817487) A test performed by The Verge, for example, found Apple's claim to be accurate, with the laptop running for 13 hours and 29 minutes while "[cycling] through a series of websites and images at 65 ...


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The most obvious solution is to procure an extra, external battery.



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