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I am flying back to Washington from Kansas tomorrow morning and I am bringing my X79 motherboard and i7 3820. Considering I bought them from Microcenter and their is no Microcenter in Washington or Oregon. In fact the closest Microcenter is in California. Will I be able to fly these without issue? They will be in my carry on bags - but my worry is TSA wanting to open the boxes up and mess with them. Should I keep them packed in my bags or take the Processor and Motherboard out and put them in the plastic bins? I really cannot afford to arrive home and have my $220 motherboard have issues. If it does, i'll have to ship it to Kansas - get my step father to bring it back into Microcenter and have him send me the replacement.


So what do you think? Anyone have experience bringing PC hardware through an airport recently?
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I would personally mail it to myself. Avoid all the hassle and chance of TSA agents getting frisky with your hardware.

$10 in shipping and two extra days would be worth my peace of mind. (I do this with my bicycles all the time traveling. Ship them to my destination, then fly like normal.... almost no chance of damage, and no TSA interference.)
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I'd ship them. I can pretty much guarantee that they will search the boxes and probably not be gentle. Considering that it would be rather awkward as well, it is worth the price of shipping vs. having it potentially stopped at the gate.
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Well - I brought my laptop through without issue and they didn't even swab it or anything. My worry is that they'll want to mess with my motherboard - open it, open the anti static bag, ect. As long as they do go throwing it around or mess with the physical board i'll be happy - otherwise i'll be pissed.
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 10/1/12 at 8:58pm
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Laptops are usually good to go through the airports anyways. Raw components like GFX or mobos... not too sure.
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In my experiences from when ive traveld from japan, hong kong and Los angeles to San francisco, i usually pack electronic components in the middle of my suit case padded with shirts and checked it in . Sometimes i pack a box in a box for a bit "extra" protection. When its through carry on take the components out (in their boxes) and put them into the plastic bins to be scanned through TSA. If you can i would say ship it in a well packed box biggrin.gif
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You'll be fine. I built a Lanbox that I used to bring between school and home and despite getting checked 100% of the time, they never did anything more than a basic cotton swab over the exterior of the case. It's doubtful they will physically inspect your motherboard that in depth.
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I plan to pull it out and put it in a bin then.
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Isn't there chance that the scanner can damage the mobo or CPU?

I'll be flying with my brother's Asus Rampage IV ($500) and i7-3930k ($700) and I would probably smash the airport if they somehow damaged it.
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post #10 of 40
+1 for mailing them home mate. Less chance of damage or not making it back with them.
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