A&P Questions About Flying With DSLR

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  1. PUREVIL

    PUREVIL More Money Than Brains Croo

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    Ok this may be a stupid question but Im going to get APs opinion. Im flying to Vegas this week and Im thinking about leaving my 40D at the house in vegas so I have an SLR there. I have a 7D in ND. Should I carry the 40D in a back pack? or put the 40D and stuff in its original box and put it in my checked baggage? Part me is thinking it will be easier to check it in, part of me is scared that it wont be there when I get my luggage. HAHA
     
  2. Wobistdu

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    I don't let anything other than clothes out of my sight when flying. Inconvenience is far better than theft. My coworker had a laptop stolen from his checked luggage. The laptop was inside a suitcase between clothing. When I went to Europe, I carried my lowepro 350 with all gear/passport/valuables. All they were stealing was my socks and pants. Naturally, they didn't go for it
     
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    Throw it in a backpack and carry it on with you. You should have no problems as most tourists carry dslrs these days.
     
  4. PUREVIL

    PUREVIL More Money Than Brains Croo

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    thats what I thought.... it just sucks since its so much stuff. I've even thought about shipping it down there.
     
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    Yep always carry on
     
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    PUREVIL More Money Than Brains Croo

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    Ya I thought that I should carry the dslr on.... depending on which air line I take it shouldn't be bad since its a direct flight.
     
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    I've carried my gear in my Burton bag countless times and never once had an issue. I have more of an issue with my laptop being scanned then my camera gear. Although my mini tripod raised some flags twice :)
     
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    flown in to LV and as far a Tokyo. had zero issues with it. small to mid sized photo backpacks can be considered as personal bags and you still can carry a carry on in addition to it.

    i break it out during the flight to chimp and take pics.

    i have a 300AW slingpack and had no issues with it going under the seat and no issues with TSA. i open it up and let take the Xray... never had any problems.
     
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    I've been on about 10-15 flights since having a DSLR, haven't had a problem yet.
     
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    They rescanned my bag once because of my 40D body without a lens attached. They didn't know what it was lol.
     
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    if you let it out of your hands, you better have insurance
     
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    scratch that, you better have it regardless
     
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    always be prepared for a hassle though, especially with lots of gear. camera bags and lenses are so dense, they often can't see through them, so if they do their job correctly, they'll have to hand inspect
     
  14. Wobistdu

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    really? my lowepro was a god damn mess. all the equipment was in there along with every tshirt/pair of socks/anything else i could stuff in the bag
     
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    Same...I used to carry the backpack on everytime with body, 3 lenses, flash, cards, bulb blower, etc. and never had a problem. Hell, i had AA batteries in different places and still not even a double-take.
     
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    It all comes down to whether they do their job right.

    I had a cool guy show me what it looked like and their proper procedure.

    I have about a 60% history of hand inspections
     
  17. Wobistdu

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    do you have a gray beard and wear a unique type of hat? :eek3:
     
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    :naughty:
     
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    I always take my cameras because I shoot photos out the window

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    My concern now is that since the underwear bomber I heard there is a rule of nothing in your lap for the last hour. I like to take photos of the city from above and other planes on the runway.
     
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    nope, but my dad is a 100% guaranteed hand search :rofl:
     
  21. Heinzanova

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    L33t remember Munich?

    They made me take the battery out of my flash and take my glass out and run the bag through again and then show them the camera taking a picture?
     
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    anyone know what size pelican hardcase would be good for carryon?

    I have a 1600 and i think its too big :/
     
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    a hard case isn't a good idea for a carry on
     
  24. Wobistdu

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    oh yah i was too busy laughing at you :mamoru:
     
  25. YourMomOnRyeBun

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    I wouldn't trust the baggage handlers with ANYTHING of value. Even if there sticky little fingers don't steal it, who is to say they don't THROW your bag on the plane. Or, throw some golf clubs in a hard case on top of your bag.

    If you are worried about a hand search at security, bring a small bag to put your camera gear in that you then store in your larger bag (backpack?). Then take the small bag out when you got through security. IF they insist on the hand search of the small bag, fine. No big deal...they open the bag, realize it is a camera, close it and you are on your way. They don't hassle you about the number of bags you have when you go through security, only when you board the plane.

    I'm just getting into the photography world...so my experience has been with other electronics, but it is the same idea. (Computers, video camera, microphone, etc.)
     

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