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I'm off on holiday in a few weeks to Turkey, and I want to take my HP Mini 210 with me, as the hotel has Wi-Fi, and the flight has no on-board entertainment, so I want to load it up with TV shows, movies and videos (battery life would be significantly better than watching it on my 2nd gen iPod touch)

I'm worried about taking it through airport security at both ends, as I know the Turkish security at airports is tight, and also am looking for advice about what I should do to keep it safe. I'm putting a password on it, and am tempted to label it up with my name and contact number.

My understanding is that I'll have to take it out of its bag and put it in a separate bin at the UK end for going through security. I assume that this will be the case in Turkey. I'm worried about me and my laptop being separated at the Turkey end to be honest.

What's the best way to keep it safe, and how do I take it through security without it getting stolen or me being arrested?
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The amount of times that I have gone through security. Just throw it in a separate bin next to the bin you throw your bag etc in. You should be fine. No need to freak out.

I believe the TSA here in the US reports 40 cases a day of something being missing.
40 cases out how many hundreds of thousands of people that fly?

You should be alright.
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I believe the TSA here in the US reports 40 cases a day of something being missing.
40 cases out how many hundreds of thousands of people that fly?

You should be alright.
Yeah, but US =/= Turkey. I have been to a lot of the third world developing countries and didn't even have to remove my laptop in their airports. Int eh US and UK, yes, you will need to remove your laptop bag. In Turkey, I would say just leave all of your stuff together. That's what I have done in the past and they don't ever ask me to take my laptop out.

EDIT: Please don't take my comment about the third world the wrong way, third-world refers to any non-allied non-communist country
    
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Well, I'm flying from East Midlands to Dalaman airport, if that makes a difference. They scan you twice at Dalaman - Once as you enter the airport, and then at security. I would assume that at the first one, I would be able to leave it in the bag, but at the actual security, I'd have to take it out.

Another quick question, my laptop doesn't have a hardware wi-fi switch, am I going to have to disable the wi-fi in the BIOS to stop it turning on mid-flight?
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Well, I'm flying from East Midlands to Dalaman airport, if that makes a difference. They scan you twice at Dalaman - Once as you enter the airport, and then at security. I would assume that at the first one, I would be able to leave it in the bag, but at the actual security, I'd have to take it out.

Another quick question, my laptop doesn't have a hardware wi-fi switch, am I going to have to disable the wi-fi in the BIOS to stop it turning on mid-flight?
Disable the network adapter in device manager.
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You really don't have anything to worry about. Just like with all your other belongings, make sure they enter the x-ray machine before you step through the metal detector, so that you see them at both ends.

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Another quick question, my laptop doesn't have a hardware wi-fi switch, am I going to have to disable the wi-fi in the BIOS to stop it turning on mid-flight?
No, but don't you want the battery to last longer anyway?
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Well, I'm flying from East Midlands to Dalaman airport, if that makes a difference. They scan you twice at Dalaman - Once as you enter the airport, and then at security. I would assume that at the first one, I would be able to leave it in the bag, but at the actual security, I'd have to take it out.
Most likely. Ive been through the double scan process before also, mostly in China. They have required me to take the laptop out once out of maybe 6 times I've gone through step 2. I would say if you want to avoid secondary inspection, take it out and put it in another bin, but just be very wary of what happens when it passes through the scanner and put it back into your bag right away after it exits the scanner.

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Another quick question, my laptop doesn't have a hardware wi-fi switch, am I going to have to disable the wi-fi in the BIOS to stop it turning on mid-flight?
No, you can just disable the wireless adapter in windows. If you go to change adapter settings from network and communication center, you can right click your wireless adapter and disable. Just remember to re-enable it when you land. If you're running XP, you find something similar in control panel that allows you to get to your network adapters (tbh i haven't used XP in so long I dont remember where its at off the top of my head.)
    
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Well, I'm flying from East Midlands to Dalaman airport, if that makes a difference. They scan you twice at Dalaman - Once as you enter the airport, and then at security. I would assume that at the first one, I would be able to leave it in the bag, but at the actual security, I'd have to take it out.

Another quick question, my laptop doesn't have a hardware wi-fi switch, am I going to have to disable the wi-fi in the BIOS to stop it turning on mid-flight?
I've flown to Turkey from the UK, US, Egypt, and Greece. You really don't have anything to worry about on either end. Security is pretty much the same everywhere. The most you might have to do is turn it on real quick if they hit you with a random check, but nothing else. Depending on what security check point you go through to enter the airport you might have to take it out the bag and run it through their scanner. Sometimes its just a spot check.

As for the Wi-Fi switch its not actually going to interfere with anything but to save power just disable it in the hardware manager or the network and sharing center.
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I'll disable it in Network Adapters then

It's on 7 Starter, so it's fairly easy to do.

Battery lasts about 7 hours without wifi, screen brightness on low, video playback and web browsing (through a dongle) Obviously there won't be a dongle so that will help matters, and with it being a night flight I'll want it on the lowest brightness (indeed, I might try and sleep a bit with it being a night flight). I have 2 iPods (16GB touch, 8GB Nano) that I'm taking with me, and I'll likely grab a couple of magazines from the WH Smiths at the airport.

The flight back, I'll have it fully charged and will use the iPods on the bus there. If I find a hotspot I can just use my iPod touch to connect to it. AFAIK Dalaman has free wifi, and I'm not sure whether East Midlands does but I think it might.
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Before putting it through, make sure the exit roller isn't backed up otherwise the bin can flip over dumping your netbook to the floor as happened to me recently. The battery even shot off and no one seemed to care much. But it survived.
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