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I will be flying from Halifax to Calgary (for any non-Canadians, its about 4500km, 5 hour flight) a couple weeks from now, and need to bring my new iMac with me. The reason I say 'new' iMac is because the current model is smaller and lighter than previous ones. The official size and weight from the Apple site are:

Height: 17.7 inches (45.0 cm)

Width: 20.8 inches (52.8 cm)

Stand depth: 6.9 inches (17.5 cm)

Weight: 12.5 pounds (5.68 kg)

I am hoping that I will be able to take it as carry on, because I really don't want to check it with the rest of the luggage.

My question is: does anyone have experience taking their iMac with them on a plane? If so, could you take it as carry-on?


Here are the specs: http://www.apple.com/imac/specs/

Note that this is different to the existing question on Taking a Desktop PC as a Carry-On, because an iMac is a different shape and has an integrated screen.

marked as duplicate by Karlson, user3470, Gilles, Vince, Ankur Banerjee Jul 12 '13 at 22:53

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    Have you considered simply shipping it? – Karlson Jul 12 '13 at 18:18
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    iMac and Desktops are physically totally different, a normal desktop has a screen and a tower or desktop case, iMac it is an all-in-one device, which basically means it is a screen only. This question can not be duplicate to the other question. Voted to re-open. – Nean Der Thal Jul 12 '13 at 23:15
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    What works for a "classical" desktop will work for an iMac too. Hence a duplicate. – Maître Peseur Jul 13 '13 at 12:09
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    I disagree that an iMac is different from a PC. There are PCs with integrated screens too, and I don't see how functionally the answer can be different. The primary concern when transporting would be the screen I'd guess, which is the same regardless whether it's integrated or not. – Ankur Banerjee Jul 13 '13 at 23:08
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    Removing the hard drive, as suggested in an anwser of the other question, is far from trivial on an iMac. If this question is a duplicate, it is one of general questions on carry-on luggage: An iMac doesn't pass dimension limit of most airlines. – mouviciel Jul 14 '13 at 7:49