I am thinking of carrying a laptop in my suitcase. Let's forget for a minute the risk that an unprotected laptop may encounter while in the suitcase and focus on my question, please:
If I have understand correctly, when I reach Europe (and not when I leave USA), I will have to declare my laptop (purchased in USA). However, if it is in the suitcase how will I do that?
I mean, my feeling is that I leave the aircraft, go inside the airport's building, pass the check (verify that I a European, etc.), then I pick up my suitcase and I am gone.
So when does the custom appear? My feeling is that it appears during the check phase..I seem confused.