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I flew a long range flight carrying my laptop, a quite heavy one, inside a neoprene briefcase on the passenger cabin. The recommendation by the aircrew is to place them in the compartments above or below the front seat. However, during take-off and landing, the vibrations on the plane are quite strong and, as a result, it received minor damages.
Placing them in the above compartments might be equivalent as placing it in the floor, underneath the front seat, with the added hindrance of additional luggage.
I considered the alternative of holding it vertical by the handle while sitting, so it won't be any contact with the aircraft's floor. This is impracticable during cruise, but I thought it could be better during the take-off and landing segments.
Other option I considered is to wrap it with completely with bubble wrap before boarding the plane.
The damage the laptop sustained was not great, but I am afraid of further damage as the date of my return flight approaches.
The question is:
Which is the safest way to transport a laptop during flight?
I don't think it's an inappropiate question, as the requirements are clearly defined and surely must be an optimal way to transport heavy tech while travelling. Even if, for some reason, it's deemed unsuitable or off-topic, I truly believe that it's an important subject, and I would be most pleased to receive your input.