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Tomorrow i'll be flying back to the bay area. Should I be worried at all with checking in my tower? I'm putting it in the original box it came in with the styrofoam corner protectors and taping it up the top.

I'll be taking out all my hard drives and my graphics card(quite heavy with the gelid icy vision on it) and will carry that with my backpack as carry on.

Anything I should worry about?
     
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Print out a piece of paper that says fragile and put it on there a good 10 times. TSA people are not the brightest.
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pack it how you would in shipping
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Could anyone from experience help me out here?

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Originally Posted by Draggin View Post
Print out a piece of paper that says fragile and put it on there a good 10 times. TSA people are not the brightest.
I believe TSA would be more inclined to steal something if it said fragile.
     
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Could anyone from experience help me out here?



I believe TSA would be more inclined to steal something if it said fragile.
speaks the truth
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I've done this before and I'm doing it again when I move in two weeks. Personally since my GPU's and heatsink are rather large I don't trust them with handling it fully assembled. What I did last time was parted out the inside and only left things like the HD's, DVD drive and case together and then stuffed the inside of the case with my clothes. Then I put the mobo, gpu's, ram, etc. into anti-static bags and packed them into individual boxes with bubble wrap. Monitors I took apart and bubble wrapped and boxed up as well. Took some things with me as a carry one (RAM and GPU's) and rest into a hard case. Put the tower in another bag and padded the edges with clothes.

Everything went through fine without damage and was working. Wouldn't really risk them tossing the tower about with your GPU's and heatsinks flailing around. Not to mention my case weighs around 60lbs or so with everything in it and the airline I went on wanted a maximum of 55lbs a bag. Parting it out evened the weight distribution.

So as long as you're taking any parts that could flop around (tie your cables up too) you should be fine.
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post #7 of 7
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Thanks Twilight. +1.

I'm going to leave my mobo(it's mATX), cpu, ram, dvd drive, H50, and PSU in my case. My computer fully assembled is only 28lbs so taking out my GPU which feels like it weighs 5 pounds and all my HDD's should make things not as heavy.

I'll be putting it in it's original colorful box(only one I have that will fit my case) lol so with all the reduced weight TSA might be more inclined to think it's just a computer case.

I believe i'll be able to fit my monitors inside my suitcase with all my clothes if i take off the bezels. I'll defo wrap them with a layer of bubble wrap though.
     
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