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Mar 11, 2011 13:10 |  #1

This year I'm planning to hit 3 shows hosted by the U.S. military. With the added security, all the show FAQ's state that "backpacks" are not permitted on the ramp...

http://www.wingsoverwa​yneairshow.com/faq.htm​l#Q14 (external link)
http://www.beaufortair​show.com/safety_inform​ation.html (external link)

My question is...I've got a Lowepro SlingShot and don't know if this qualifies as a backpack or not. I don't think it should since a traditional backpack has 1 large compartment that would be difficult to search at the security checkpoint while sling bags have separate, smaller compartments. Anyone know if security is allowing these? I know it's early in the show season in the U.S, but thought someone might know from previous years.

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Mar 11, 2011 13:15 |  #2

the same "no backpacks" thing was on the net for Aviation Nation 2010 in November at Nellis AFB... and we got there and I ask an Air Force security guy passing by what was up and he said that normal sized backpacks were ok... and sure enough half the people there were carrying backpacks... so be prepared to carry your camera in or bring a messenger bag or belt pack... but it will probably be backpack friendly when it is all said and done...


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Mar 11, 2011 13:36 |  #3

They let people wearing backpacks in. It's overly large backpacks that they're talking about. All that happens is they ask to open the bag. They had a policy of no backpacks during the Centennial of Naval Aviation here in SD a few weeks ago but just about everyone did.


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Mar 11, 2011 13:48 |  #4

Thanks guys...I just didn't want to get there and be told to leave my gear in the car.

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Mar 12, 2011 09:23 as a reply to  @ martini's post |  #5

I never had a problem getting a backpack. They always ask me to open it and show them whats inside.




  
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Mar 13, 2011 05:38 |  #6

squires wrote in post #12006418 (external link)
I never had a problem getting a backpack. They always ask me to open it and show them whats inside.

this can be - seen it done with bag checks and without. But at a US military base - I'd expect a bag check


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Mar 13, 2011 12:41 |  #7

Andrushka wrote in post #12010495 (external link)
this can be - seen it done with bag checks and without. But at a US military base - I'd expect a bag check

Yeah. They ask you to open it up and they check real quick. Not a big issue.


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Mar 14, 2011 17:01 |  #8

So I imagine a shoulder bag would be ok too?




  
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Mar 14, 2011 18:47 |  #9

Yes. No issues there.


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Mar 15, 2011 04:57 |  #10

gooble wrote in post #12019487 (external link)
So I imagine a shoulder bag would be ok too?

I assume you're asking about Luke AFB?

AFAIK, camera bags are ok but be prepared to have it inspected and be prepared to show them that everything and anything works as advertised.


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Mar 15, 2011 17:11 |  #11

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #12022938 (external link)
I assume you're asking about Luke AFB?

AFAIK, camera bags are ok but be prepared to have it inspected and be prepared to show them that everything and anything works as advertised.

Yeah, Luke.

Thanks for the help. I'll probably take my shoulder bag or a backpack.

I guess they hope most people reading the rules will be discouraged from bringing a bag altogether thus lessening their work load. However, as I remember when I went four years ago I brought no bag but I don't remember them checking anybody. There were guards standing at the entrance with rifles that surveyed people but I don't remember searches. Maybe I'm just not remembering right.




  
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Mar 15, 2011 17:17 |  #12

gooble wrote in post #12026674 (external link)
Yeah, Luke.

Thanks for the help. I'll probably take my shoulder bag or a backpack.

I guess they hope most people reading the rules will be discouraged from bringing a bag altogether thus lessening their work load. However, as I remember when I went four years ago I brought no bag but I don't remember them checking anybody. There were guards standing at the entrance with rifles that surveyed people but I don't remember searches. Maybe I'm just not remembering right.

I don't think you're remembering right... ;)

They were pretty thorough at the "hole in the wall" entrance at Litchfield and Glendale. I decided to go with only a vest but I crammed so much stuff in it I'm sure they thought I was trying to be Mad Max in the scene where he arrives at Thunder Dome! I just kept pulling out lenses, a flash, water bottles, Lens Pen, Rocket Blower, cords, a hat and even a small folding camp stool!

Oh, and then there were the two cameras hanging off my shoulders as well! :lol:

Driving in on Saturday (parking pass ftw!) so I'll go loaded for bear but probably only two bodies and three lenses on Sunday.


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Mar 16, 2011 11:36 |  #13

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I don't think you're remembering right... ;)

They were pretty thorough at the "hole in the wall" entrance at Litchfield and Glendale. I decided to go with only a vest but I crammed so much stuff in it I'm sure they thought I was trying to be Mad Max in the scene where he arrives at Thunder Dome! I just kept pulling out lenses, a flash, water bottles, Lens Pen, Rocket Blower, cords, a hat and even a small folding camp stool!

Oh, and then there were the two cameras hanging off my shoulders as well! :lol:

Driving in on Saturday (parking pass ftw!) so I'll go loaded for bear but probably only two bodies and three lenses on Sunday.

I very well could not be remembering right but I'm almost positive that I did not empty my pockets as I was wearing a vest as well. I don't think they took a second look at me.

Anyway, I'm not that fond of vests so this time I'll do without one and stuff everything in a backpack.

BTW, you had a camp stool in your vest! :eek:




  
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Mar 16, 2011 15:58 |  #14

I have a Tamarac backpack style bag that I've taken onto base for airshows as recently as this past October. I was asked to unzip the front for a brief inspection.


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Mar 17, 2011 22:45 as a reply to  @ bsmotril's post |  #15

Hope to see some of you there however I will be working both days at North EOR with the Redbull and Geico Demo Team from 1400 till close. I will still have my gear with me... Hope ya'll enjoy!


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