What will they do if I CAN'T turn on my laptop?
December 17, 2007 5:32 AM Subscribe
TSAfilter: will there be any problem getting a laptop without a battery through the carry-on checkpoint at my local (American) airport?
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I got my partner a new laptop for Christmas, but the airline I'm taking to visit next week has something of a history of checked baggage being broken into and having expensive items stolen. As a result, I'm concerned.
At this point, the best solution I can think of is to open the packaging and take the laptop itself out of the box and carry it on with me.
However, because I want it to look as not-tampered-with as possible when I give it, I'd also prefer to not have to unwrap the unit itself and put the battery in. The problem is that I seem to have this idea that the checkpoint guards will require all laptops to be turned on, in order to somehow prove that they aren't bombs.
If I just take the still-wrapped laptop out of the packaging and don't put the battery in, are they likely to give me much trouble about the fact that I can't turn it on? It'll still be sealed at that point, so can I safely claim that it's never even been opened? I'm looking to not be detained, if at all possible, so if I'll get in trouble and/or delayed for trying to take a laptop on a plane with me that can't be turned on, that would be decidedly less than ideal.
What, in short, is the best course of action to get this laptop there without worrying about it being stolen?