Thought I’d update here. I decided to take a risk and take my Mavic Air with me. It’s below the Turkish weight limits for unregistered pilots. I packed the drone, without battery, into my hold luggage. I have the hard shell case from the flymore combo and I had it in the middle of the case protected by clothing. The batteries I had down to around 25% power and packed them into a lipo fireproof bag (about £7 off Amazon) and into my hand luggage. I put some electrical tape over the contacts as suggested in other posts. At Manchester Airport I had to empty the lipo bag out to go through the scanner, no issues or questions at all. At Milas Bodrum Airport on the return I did the same thing, I was certain I’d be pulled and questioned but no problems. There were 3 security points. The first one was just a case of putting my bags through a scanner. The second was similar. At the gate was more thorough, they went right through my bag emptying it. They removed the lipo bag and looked inside. No issues and no questions.
I only flew it the once whilst there, 8am off a jetty at my resort. I’d very likely have been fine when it was a little busier but I’m quite shy about it and don’t ever want a shitty confrontation so I’m very careful.
Anyway thought it was worth updating my experience for anyone else ever looking into taking a similar drone to Turkey.
This was 7th-14th October 2019 by the way.