You might be planning a trip outside of the US soon. Maybe on a train, a plane or by car. Whatever method of transportation you use, you may want to consider leaving your laptop and any other gadgets behind. Reports of laptops and phones being confiscated, opened and examined, and sometimes stolen make bringing them along a risky proposition.
There are multiple cases of TSA agents stealing or seizing laptops, never to be returned. In the case of Nelson Santiago, he would go through peoples luggage looking for anything of value, and stick it in his pants! Goods were often sold before the end of his shift, most of them unrecovered: http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/tsa-agent-caught-stealing-passengers-ipad-hides-it-in-his-pants-2011078/
Ok, so Santiago wasn’t doing anything that the TSA would officially stand by, but what about the official government policy on border security? “Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing”. Yikes! That means that any border agent can take your laptop, without any justification, and then NEVER RETURN IT:
So do yourself a favor, next time you feel the urge to travel, leave your brand new laptop at home.