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laptops and x-ray machines?

Travel Forums Travel Gear laptops and x-ray machines?

1. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

do they play well together or should I take my laptop out and hand it to security?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 8y

You (almost) always need to take your laptop out of your bag before it goes through x-ray, as it's such a dense piece of machinery they need/want to scan it separately. The signs at the x-ray machine will say this, and the attendants usually point it out again to everyone who even vaguely looks like he or she might be carrying a laptop.
There's absolutely no risk to the laptop itself from the scanning, though. Millions go through daily.

3. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

Yes, I've put my Mac through many times.

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Sander is right, they always ask you to take them out. Out of the case even. Never had a problem, and usually the attendants are nice about it.

5. Posted by Jabels (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

youl need to take it out as they have to use a separate scanner to scan for plastic explosives such as C4.