I have a Lenovo X61T laptop that has no battery, and the power cable is broken and doesn't show the "charging" light on the laptop when I plug it in.

I am traveling from Beirut, Lebanon to Incheon, South Korea via Abu Dhabi (Etihad).

The thing I'm worried about is that I've read some security checks at Abu Dhabi airport require you to turn on your laptop, or it will be confiscated. How am I supposed to turn it on when the power cord is damaged?!

I don't want to risk putting it with my checked luggage, because I don't want it damaged.

  • The first two questions appear closely related, but the third is a completely different topic and should be its own question. Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 21:56
  • I separated it.
    – Yubin Lee
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 6:49
  • Unrelated question removed. Feel free to post it as a separate question.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 7:43
  • @JonathanReez I orginally posted 3 questions. Roddy of the Frozen Peas asked me to separate the 3rd so I did.
    – Yubin Lee
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 9:01
  • Simply turning it on (you said yourself that the "charging light" doesn't lit, but I guess that the notebook still works while attached to a power plug). Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 10:33

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From @Newton's comment (to whom credit):

I am an American and I was asked to turn my laptop and tablet on when traveling from Pakistan to Qatar. The tablet was broken (hence couldn't be powered on) so they did some extra checks on it and gave it back to me.

If this example was following standard policy, security should be able to verify your laptop is a laptop without powering it on.

  • Had a similar experience in Istanbul, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Singapore, Tel-aviv, New york ( both La Guardia and JFK ) and maybe several others I do not remember now ( my work requires me to travel a lot with dis-functional specialized equipment ). just takes more time ( allow for it .. ) so summing up - this seems to be the norm. Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 2:54

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