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Old 04-16-2019, 01:31 PM
 
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If he was flying I would have suggested mailing the PC. I surely wouldn't take it on a flight with me. Pack it right and insure it. I've had PC stuff break.

Driving? Load it in the back seat and strap it in. Safest place for the PC
Back in the early 90s, I can remember traveling with a Unix workstation and monitor back when they were tubes. Customs at Charles de Gaulle on a Sunday where Monday was a bank holiday. I had 4 big cardboard boxes of electronics. They wanted to impound everything until Tuesday. I gave them the letter from a French test lab inviting me for the week. I told them if I wasn’t in the lab in Brittany with my equipment, I would lose my job. They huddled. The response was “we didn’t see you”. I pushed that big pile of gear out into the terminal to my rental car.

Traveling with a laptop is pretty painless compared to that. I remember one flight where the baggage handlers shattered a monitor. I surprisingly didn’t have many of those disasters. Several trips to Lannion in Brittany. Several trips to Saarbrucken in Germany. A couple to Hull in the U.K. Many to Raleigh Durham, Chicago, DC, and New Jersey. My gear always got there intact. It would have been far easier to ship things but it was a startup company and we didn’t have the spare equipment to tie up for a couple of weeks.
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:09 PM
 
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Back in the early 90s, I can remember traveling with a Unix workstation and monitor back when they were tubes. Customs at Charles de Gaulle on a Sunday where Monday was a bank holiday. I had 4 big cardboard boxes of electronics. They wanted to impound everything until Tuesday. I gave them the letter from a French test lab inviting me for the week. I told them if I wasn’t in the lab in Brittany with my equipment, I would lose my job. They huddled. The response was “we didn’t see you”. I pushed that big pile of gear out into the terminal to my rental car.

Traveling with a laptop is pretty painless compared to that. I remember one flight where the baggage handlers shattered a monitor. I surprisingly didn’t have many of those disasters. Several trips to Lannion in Brittany. Several trips to Saarbrucken in Germany. A couple to Hull in the U.K. Many to Raleigh Durham, Chicago, DC, and New Jersey. My gear always got there intact. It would have been far easier to ship things but it was a startup company and we didn’t have the spare equipment to tie up for a couple of weeks.
You were lucky you had that letter! I can't imagine traveling with all of that.

I used to build PC's. Thankfully I never had to travel with one when I didn't have time to ship it. I also garden, used to buy plants in other states and ship them home.
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