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Old Mar 21, 12, 5:18 am   #1
 
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Transporting an iMac on EK

I want to move an Apple iMac 21" from DXB to LHR and am booked on the A380 in a couple of weeks.
What's the best and safest way to do this?
I have the original Apple box with the internal packing bits. I think I could carry it on-board if I bought a suitable holdall type bag and unboxed it or I could check it in and get it plastic wrapped at DXB.

What do you think?
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Old Mar 21, 12, 5:48 am   #2
 
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Your issue with carrying it on will be more in line with the 7kg weight restriction for cabin baggage. How much does the piece weigh?
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Old Mar 21, 12, 6:42 am   #3
 
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Well, I don't know exactly but its more than 7 kgs, probable double that, but I've never had any trouble with the airline weighing cabin baggage.
I think checking it in, boxed and plastic wrapped, makes sense but I dunno how likely it is to emerge unscathed at LHR. Do they have a 'fragile' baggage option or where do they stow strollers/pushchairs?
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Old Mar 21, 12, 7:27 am   #4
 
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Apple specify the weight of the latest 21.5" model at 8.8kg. I am not sure if this includes packaging and accessories.

I have yet to experience over-zealous hand baggage scrutiny at DXB, but reports indicate that it does happen with some regularity. All those cashiers near the check-in desks need to be kept busy somehow.

If placing in checked baggage, I find the greatest risks are due to crushing should your item be loaded first into the hold or container and heavy items with rigid edges thrown on top. I would pack in original box, then pack that in a larger box or suitcase with a few inches of padding/packing in all directions.

Placing the original box inside a bin liner first (to protect from moisture) may seem excessive given that baggage is rarely left outside in the rain. However, after a recent flight where every second passenger was carrying 10 litres of poorly packaged holy water, I would recommend it! My bag escaped, but some others were drenched.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 7:33 am   #5
 
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The best thing IMHO would be to put the iMac in a trolley bag (given, it wont be your regular 'cabin bag') but ive seen plenty of people with slightly larger trolley suitcases allowed through.

I have an iMac 27" and a 21" - I know how heavy they are and the original packaging (as good as it is), I doubt Emirates would allow a huge box on the cabin.

I would personally wrap it in bubble wrap and find an appropriate trolley bag.

There are some other solutions (at a price) such as this and this.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 7:58 am   #6
 
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Scotty, thanks for that - it's a once only relocation of the iMac so I'm not really up for that sort of outlay.

father ted - good point about the bin liner!

I hesitate to think about it but perhaps I'll call Emirates and see what they suggest
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:49 am   #7
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Unless it is very securely package and protected I would not check it in. My sister has had many homeware items crushed in transit and EK will claim no responsibility.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:56 am   #8
 
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Have you considered just shipping it DHL or FedEx insured?

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Old Mar 21, 12, 1:32 pm   #9
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Scotty, thanks for that - it's a once only relocation of the iMac so I'm not really up for that sort of outlay.

father ted - good point about the bin liner!

I hesitate to think about it but perhaps I'll call Emirates and see what they suggest
The only way I would take it - is to carry it onboard. Wrap it in bubble wrap and put it under your arm. Also, and I know I am stating the obvious, back it up completely and make sure its insured...
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It should fit into a standard roll-a-board. So, you should just be able to carry it on board. It will over the 7kg limit, but I doubt they'd spot you unless you were struggling.

I think the carry on checks seem to skewed in favour of certain skin tones - if you catch my drift.
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