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Laptop or not?

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    We have not taken one in the past but DD wants to take it this time (to keep in touch with friends and BF via MSN etc).

    Our WDW hotel has wireless internet. Does anyone know how that works - are you charged??
     
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    oh yep.... you're charged alright :( something like $6 an hour or $9.95 for 24hrs contiguous usage

    DVC gives you free access to your room internet though (dont know about wireless)
     
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    Depends on the carrier but most are now so if you had it separate it would count as his carry on yep. So best to try and shove it in the carry on bag if possible
     
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    i'm thinking that i may get one of those camera bags that has a laptop compartment- there is no way that is going in the hold!
     
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    i would never want to take mine, dont see the need for it on holiday altho i did have the use of malcolms last trip but it took up too much of my time so wont be doing that again tbh
     
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    Thank you. :thumbsup:
     
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    You can get laptop envelopes that will protect it so that you could put it in a carry on.

    I use my workbag that has an area for the laptop. It also has areas for personal items, etc. It is one of my two (domestic flights) allowed carryons. It fits under the seat in front of me, and my actual case goes in the overhead.
     
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    Ah yes, I'd forgotten that DH's workbag is like that. Thanks for reminding me. :thumbsup:
     
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    Good idea... If it works. :yes:
     
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    Doesn't work here on domestic flights. :sigh: I've had one, with just the laptop in and they still make you take it out of the case and put it in it's own tote bin. :sigh:
     
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    I was afraid of that :( I just phoned Targus who said that these "new" cases were developed directly in response to a request from the TSA in accordance with their design requirements. So their view is that these new ones should be fine but as ever, personal actual experience trumps what a manufacturer says
     
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    Well, it would depend upon how very new, new is, eh?

    All I know is that from my experience, the TSA workers at most airports (again speaking solely for domestic flights) are not very sharp or up to date. :sorry:

    I can use my Pocket PC phone to show my boarding pass, right? :yes: I gave up. The TSA people could NEVER get it right and it was frustrating beyond belief. Once, there was a supervisor present and she gave the team holy bananas for not knowing their jobs (when it came to the electronic boarding pass) but that was the only time.

    If you try to tell them how something should be done, forget it. They are just all too caught up in thinking they have the power of g-d or something. :shrug:

    All that to say, plan on taking the laptop out of any case. If they don't make you do that, it's a bonus! :yes:
     
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    It's this sort of thing that puts DH off taking it at all... :unsure:
     
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    to be honest after travelling extensively with a laptop, it's really not as bad as you may think.

    Having to take it out of the bag, sure, it's a pain but it's not really hard, it's just slightly irksome and a really small price to pay for having it available wherever you are.

    Slip the laptop out of the case, put in a tray (along with shoes which I find WAY more hassle than the laptop :lol: ), collect at other side and slip back into case.
     
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    Thanks. :thumbsup:

    And don't get me started on shoes................. :rolleyes:
     
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    No real issues with a laptop in security. Although I do recommend taping a card or something with your name and cell phone number to it (mine's on the bottom). It's amazing how much they can look alike! :rolleyes:

    And be sure to place it at the front/top of the carry-on bag. I have a Neoprene sleeve for my laptop, but I just tuck it into the bag until I've gone through security. Then I snuggle it into its security blanket for the trip. :lol:
     
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    Yes, it's all down to ease of removal and replacement.

    My standard method is... as I approach security, I slap the suitcase (small carryon size) on the conveyor, unzip the front pocket and pop out the toiletries small bag, drop that in a tote bin along with my shoes and any jacket I may be carrying (usually am not). I then drop my work bag on the conveyor, unzip the center section, pull out the laptop put it in it's own tote bin and off it all goes.

    I walk through the metal detector, get to the other side, retrieve the carryon, put the toiletries case back in the top pocket, pull off my socks and put on my shoes (usually mule type tennis shoes). I put the socks in an empty front pocket of the carryon bag. The laptop gets popped back into the work bag, and off I go.

    It would be faster for me if I didn't insist on carrying my luggage onboard, but it's a false "faster." :D I hate waiting for luggage to be made available after a flight so avoid that whenever I can.

    I cannot be without the laptop, of course. These are work related flights I am describing, but I do take it on any holiday too...
     
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    My routine is similar to yours, Tink. Except that I send the bin with my shoes/jacket/toiletries first, followed by personal bag (includes my purse), laptop bin, then carry-on bag.

    Since I'm usually solo, it minimizes someone picking up my purse or laptop accidentally. Or deliberately. :sigh:
     
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    Thanks, good tip! :thumbsup:


    Great advice, thanks.:thumbsup:
     

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