Home > Articles > Hardware

  • Print
  • + Share This
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Flying with Your Notebook

If you're flying to your destination, your life just got a bit more complex. That's because plane travel in the post-9/11 era involves heightened security procedures—which can complicate traveling with electronic devices, your notebook PC included.

That said, here are some tips that can help you get more quickly through the airport and onto the plane with your notebook:

  • Carry it on. Thinking of checking your notebook as normal luggage? Don't. Baggage handlers will not treat your notebook as a fragile object, and damage is likely. Instead, your notebook should go with you on the flight as carry-on baggage.
  • Be ready for security. Security personnel will inspect your notebook, along with the rest of your carry-on items. Be prepared; remove your notebook from its case and place it in a separate tray on the security conveyor belt. And make sure the battery has a bit of charge, as some security personnel may want to you to turn it on and demonstrate that it's actually a working notebook, and not something else.
  • Keep it in sight. The one place where your notebook is briefly out of your possession is on the security conveyor belt. Keep a close eye on your notebook as it passes down the line and as you pass through the metal detector. It's possible for canny thieves to take advantage of the momentary confusion and make off with your notebook as it comes off the conveyor belt. Don't let this happen.
  • Keep a low profile. If you want to use your notebook while in the terminal, go ahead—but be cautious. Pick an area where you'll have some privacy and won't have to worry about anyone looking over your shoulder. Whatever you do, don't flaunt your notebook, and don't leave your notebook unattended; you don't want to advertise to potential thieves that you have a notebook to steal.
  • Keep it locked. When your notebook is in its case, lock the case (if it locks). This not only prevents others from taking the notebook from the case when you're not looking, but it also keeps them from putting anything else (such as a bomb) into your case. Both in the terminal and on the plane, keep your case locked.
  • Keep it with you. When you're on the plane, don't be tempted to place your notebook in the overhead storage area; it can easily get knocked around or even stolen by your fellow travelers. Instead, store it under the seat in front of you, where it's always in sight.
  • Use it in flight—if you can. A lot of mobile professionals like to get a little work done on a long flight. Other travelers like to use their notebooks to watch DVD movies or listen to music. It's all good, if you have the room to open and use your notebook. If you're traveling first or business class, this shouldn't be a problem. But if you use a widescreen notebook in coach class, be prepared for some major ergonomic difficulties. In fact, I find it next to impossible to open the notebook enough to see the screen when flying, especially when the person in front of me reclines his seat more than a half-inch or so. The seatback tray table just isn't big enough and there's not enough vertical space to provide a comfortable viewing or typing arrangement. One possible solution to this is the Aviator Laptop Stand, shown in Figure 15.4, which positions your notebook at an angle to make the most of the available space. But even with that, some airlines simply don't allow enough space to use a notebook comfortably.
    Figure 15.4

    Figure 15.4 Keynamics' Aviator Laptop Stand, for computing in cramped cabins (www.keynamics.com).

  • Getting power in flight. In most instances, you'll have to run your notebook on battery power while flying. However, some long-haul flights—especially overseas flights—provide power ports that supply 15V direct current to power your notebook and other devices. (Your best bets for finding such power ports are on cross-country and international flights on American, Delta, United, and US Airways.) To use a power port, you'll need a compatible DC auto/air power adapter. These cords can be purchased at most electronics stores, at LaptopLane outlets (www.regus.com/files/html/laptoplane/), or from Targus and other power cord manufacturers. Keep in mind that power adapters are device and model specific—although you can always go with the iGo Juice power cord, shown in Figure 15.5, which is an all-in-one power adapter that connects your device to any AC or DC power source.
    Figure 15.5

    Figure 15.5 The iGo Juice power auto/air power adapter (www.igo.com).

  • Turn it off when asked. Frequent travelers are familiar with airline restrictions regarding the use of personal electronic devices, including notebook PCs. The concern is that electronic devices may cause electromagnetic interference with cockpit navigation or communications systems during ground operations and while the aircraft is flying below 10,000 feet. When the aircraft is above 10,000 feet, you can use your notebook and other devices.
  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.

Overview


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information


To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.

Surveys

Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.

Newsletters

If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information


Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

Security


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

Children


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.

Marketing


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information


If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.

Choice/Opt-out


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information


Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents


California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure


Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.

Links


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact


Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice


We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020