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traveling with laptop gear

I am getting ready to travel--and have the flight jitters! I will be updating seriously at some point this week since I have a bit of time to breathe. For now, I have a question. Has anyone flown with an external drive? Do you take it out of your bag like a laptop to go through security?

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lilsinger_95
Mar. 15th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I flew with one once, and yes I did take it out of my bag with my laptop. I also stressed the delicacy with which it must be handled. Good luck, and safe travels!
westerndreams
Mar. 15th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
I wrapped mine in a towel and put it in my carry-on bag. Told them what it was and they were gentle enough (though I did have to rewrap it).


Have a safe flight!
lilsinger_95
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
That's actually a really good idea! :)
kindletheflame
Mar. 15th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I would just ask at the security check if they want you to take it out of your bag.
amyb0223
Mar. 15th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know what the rules and regs say, but I've taken my external drive every time I've flown recently--some times carrying it on in my laptop bag and other times cushioning it well in my suitcase. Anyway, when it's come to carrying it on I've never given it to them nor have I been asked to take it out to put into the bin with my laptop.

Safe travels!
mikhail_tal
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
yup, that's been my experience as well... :)
lyssas_song
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
You have to take your laptop out of the bag? Woe. That's interesting. When I flew, I only had my Pac Mate with me, and they did not ask me to remove it. I also had an iPod, which I guess could count as an external hard drive, and no one said anything about it either.
lilsinger_95
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if you havde to take a Pac Mate out or not, but I always erre on the side of caution and take it out as well.
rotynd
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
As usual, I bop by to say that I cannot be helpful but you have my sympathies. Last time I flew I didn't take my laptop or anything. Gosh, it's been a while. I wouldn't be able to function without my laptop now.
orianaoracle
Mar. 16th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I think last time I flew with my hard drive, I took it out to show them. I'm flying again on Thursday with it, so we'll see what happens.

Best of luck! :)
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