I got a new laptop this week and I'm really excited to finally have it for my trips, it's going to save me a ton on vacation phone charges bc I can email people rather than call or text but I was talking with my mom and she says for the plane to take it in my carry on with me. My problem with that though is that I don't carry a traditional "carry on" with me lilke some people do. My carry on is more of a satchel size bag with just the things I need to amuse myself on the plane (books, magazines, ipod, coloring book) and the important things I need for when I land (passport, addresses, phone numbers etc) so a laptop wouldn't fit. Especially bc the one I got is pretty big, it's a 17'' (I wanted 15'' but they were out). I also don't feel like going through security with it because it'll take that much longer since they make you turn it on, etc. I was planning on just putting it in one of my suitcases, like protected in the case and cushioned by my clothes but my mom thinks that's a bad idea. I don't know I really don't want to carry it on the plane, what do you think?