Two Hot Shoes wrote in post #18438795
Security (we have that too) have nothing to do with how much you are carrying on the airplane they just care about what you are bringing on.
yes, and no. Most of the concepts around keeping hand luggage weight down is either to do with overall aircraft weight (i.e. more weight = more fuel cost) or to do with potential harm that unrestrained heavy objects can do in the case of turbulence or serious accident.
Sadly, every airline in the world seems to have different interpretations on what is acceptable for both cases, and you end up with some folks boarding (or attempting to board) with all their worldly possessions because they either thought they could get away with it, or they didn't consider what was reasonable.
I feel for anyone who genuinely needs to travel with lots of expensive heavy photographic gear, but until every airline comes up with a standard allowance, you'll end up with some airlines with more (or less) than others. Best you can do is turn up early for the flight and don't look as if you're carrying around lead weights or anything huge.
I know it doesn't help, but it could always be worse, they could stop you flying with any onboard electronics larger than a cellphone...
some fairly old canon camera stuff, canon lenses, Manfrotto "thingy", 1D MK II converted for IR, and now an M5
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