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How to Take an LCD TV as Checked Baggage

Updated February 21, 2017

Liquid-crystal display (LCD) televisions are flat-screen televisions that are thinner and lighter than traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions. The reduced size and weight of LCD televisions makes it possible to take many LCDs on commercial aeroplanes as checked baggage. Airlines do have size and weight restrictions for checked baggage so it is important to determine the weight and linear size of your boxed LCD television prior to attempting to check the device on a commercial airline.

Contact your airline to determine the maximum weight and linear size of checked baggage. Checked baggage maximums vary from airline to airline, and this information changes frequently, so it is important to get updated information.

Repackage the LCD television in its original packaging if possible. Take care when repacking and make sure the television fits securely in the box. Seal the box with packaging tape. If you no longer have the original box, you can purchase a box from a packaging store that is especially designed to transport LCD televisions. Be sure to get the right size of box for your set's dimensions.

Weigh the LCD television in the box with all of the packaging. Determine the linear height of the LCD television's box. To measure linear height, add the length plus the width plus the depth of the box. Compare these figures with the maximums of the airline you want to fly and make sure the weight and linear height of your LCD television are within the checked baggage maximums.

Arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your flight. When checking oversized or overweight baggage it is important to check in for your flight early.

Check in for your flight and pay any fees for oversized and overweight luggage. Depending on the size and weight of your LCD television, you may have to pay both an oversized and an overweight fee.

Tip

Many airports offer shrinkwrapping service for checked bags. It is a good idea to pay for this service when transporting an LCD television as checked baggage. Shrinkwrapping your LCD television's box will help prevent the box from accidentally opening during transit.

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