How do you travel from country to country with your Super-tele's when you are over the carry-on baggage limit? Here was my situation.
When i was moving from Melbourne back to Vancouver, we stopped off in Hong Kong for a bit, and some other places but that's not important. When we got to the airport and we checked in our luggage they asked me to weigh my camera backpack and i had my 7D, 500L, 17-40, 70-200 2.8, laptop and a tripod all in the backpack (but the tripod on the outside of course). I had no other way to transport this back because we were moving. Of course it was WAY over the 5kg limit for carry-on, not to mention our checked luggage because when moving home you have two full suitcases of stuff. So they gave us an exemption for our suitcases (very nice, thank you) but they charged me for my back-pack, about $550!!! That's basically the price of the ticket to Hong Kong, just for my back-pack. Then traveling the rest of the way back, no one checked the weight of my back-pack no where and no one made a fuss, even though it was still the same weight. Frustrating! On the way over to Melbourne from Vancouver when i moved there, no one noticed or said a thing either. Just carried it on.
So my question, how do YOU travel with your super heavy back-packs when there isn't another option? Do you have to pay? What can i do about this situation? I've e-mailed Malaysian Airline and they said basically, too bad, that's the regulation. Regulations are fine when they are consistent all the way. I sorta feel that if they didn't see my back-pack at the beginning, no one would have even noticed?
Thanks for reading my long post!