View Full Version : Worried about external HD on flight...

January 18th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Hello Ubuntu friends. I sometimes get paranoid over the stupidest things. I am flying to Vegas tonight to stay with my good friend for 12 days. She has a MAC (I have never used one) and I wanted to access my music collection AND movies AND photos while I am there. I ran out and bought a Seagate 320gb 7200.10 drive + Vantec enclosure for this purpose. Formatted the baby in the HORRIBLE FAT32 filesystem and it filled it up! I went through all this work and now I am having concerns and second thoughts of bringing it. :D

Everything from fear of scanners damaging data (okay, not much... I know people bring Laptops, iPods, etc. all of the time) to fear of being stopped for carrying it on (the real fear). I would not trust my drive in stow-away and would prefer to bring it on in a little messenger bag. I am just worried will see a slim black aluminum Vantec case as a threat and take it away or something! PARANOIA! Some of this data is only on the drive because I decided to use it as a back-up as well. Are my fears silly? With the security-state and fear of objects on domestic flights, I am just concerned. Should I just take the damn drive and not think about it?

btw --- this is a domestic flight from NYC to Vegas.

January 18th, 2007, 06:43 PM
Keep it on a bag in the plane and not the one in the cargo.

January 18th, 2007, 06:45 PM
I'm not an expert, but I think they should let you on.

If not, you may be asked to put it in the luggage hold, I'd prepare for that possibility if I were you. If you have a bag you could pad it using something, maybe bubble wrap or towels or something?

January 18th, 2007, 08:58 PM
Keep it in your hand luggage and it should be fine. Also, scanners used on airports are based on x-rays, not electromagnetic induction, so they do not damage hard drives.

January 18th, 2007, 09:05 PM
Honestly, I would just box it up, pad it, wrap it in clothing if I have to, and toss it in the cargo area.

January 18th, 2007, 09:19 PM
I've seen loads of people with laptops + external harddrives on planes.. You should be fine!

January 18th, 2007, 10:29 PM
It will be fine !

Trust me...
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January 18th, 2007, 10:43 PM
Just don't check it in. They tend to handle baggage roughly and that's definitely not good for a hard drive.

January 18th, 2007, 10:55 PM
If you wrapped it in towels then it should be ok.

You should be worrying if it was a laptop with an LCD screen but its hasnt got a screen to break so it should be ok.

Still, ask if you can take it on hand luggage.

January 18th, 2007, 11:08 PM
Just don't check it in. They tend to handle baggage roughly and that's definitely not good for a hard drive.

Putting your hard drive inside your clothing luggage would be fine. the non operational Gś are nothing compared to what it was designed for.

January 19th, 2007, 05:52 AM
Keep it on a bag in the plane and not the one in the cargo.

Would they let you do it if you look like a person from the Middle East?:rolleyes:

January 19th, 2007, 08:18 AM
I used to keep mine in my hand luggage, no damage so far neither to xfs nor ext and even the fat partition survived.

January 19th, 2007, 03:27 PM
You won't have a problem in general they allow electronics on without a problem. I was asked about a USB drive before (basically the woman didn't know what it was) it was fine once I told her what it was. NYC security tends to be sort of lax for going out of NYC it's when you fly from other places to NYC they get paranoid.