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FLYING with photo gear. real quick question. Leaving in 2 hours!

 
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Dec 23, 2011 11:31 |  #1

OK, I'm leaving for Vegas in 2 hours.. Flying from Massachusetts. Southwest airlines. TSA states that I can bring (1) bag of photographic equipment in addition to one (1) carry-on and one (1) personal item through the screening checkpoint. (external link) (and of course whatever luggage I check)
Does southwest approve of this? Thanks!
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Dec 23, 2011 11:32 |  #2

Call them. Or just show up at the gate. Chances are they won't give you a hard time as long as the carry-on sizes are reasonable.


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Dec 23, 2011 11:36 |  #3

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OK, I'm leaving for Vegas in 2 hours.. Flying from Massachusetts. Southwest airlines. TSA states that I can bring (1) bag of photographic equipment in addition to one (1) carry-on and one (1) personal item through the screening checkpoint. (external link)Does southwest approve of this? Thanks!
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Not sure about three bags, but I have brought on a my lowespro backpack and regular suitcase with no questions asked. You should consider how to squeeze into two bags at the airport just in case.


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Dec 23, 2011 12:11 as a reply to  @ duane0524's post |  #4

Some airlines just automatically make you check anything more than two carry on bags, and even then only one is allowed in the overhead bin. The second bag must fit under the seat. Been a couple of times when they even threatened to take my one carry-on when I was in a later boarding zone and they said the bins were getting full. They relented when I told them what was in the bag. They weren't going to risk having to pay for damaging $6000 worth of photo/computer gear by sticking it checked luggage. Then when I boarded, there was still plenty of room in the overheads in my seating area, so I don't know what the problem was.

I try to follow the rules, and it really pisses me off when others hog the overhead bins because they are too cheap to check a suitcase. :confused:


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Dec 23, 2011 12:16 as a reply to  @ Preeb's post |  #5

2 bags only..


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Dec 23, 2011 12:33 |  #6

http://www.southwest.c​om …uggage_pol_tab_​list_tab_4 (external link)

The Website of whatever airline you choose to fly will generally have all the answers to your questions regarding baggage.


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Dec 23, 2011 17:27 |  #7

With SW it 2 carry on and 2 checked
but keep in mind depending on your place in line boarding you may only get to carry on what will fit under the seat in front of you
But I would say checking into this two hours before the flight is not one of you better ideas :)




  
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Dec 23, 2011 17:29 |  #8

altitude604 wrote in post #13590483 (external link)
http://www.southwest.c​om …uggage_pol_tab_​list_tab_4 (external link)

The Website of whatever airline you choose to fly will generally have all the answers to your questions regarding baggage.

bw!
Always check the website of the airline your flying with. They may have limitations more than that of the TSA (or CATSA in Canada)


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Dec 24, 2011 00:17 as a reply to  @ WaltA's post |  #9

As an ex-airline employee I still get copies of some of the email distributions. Many airlines are starting (or at least that's what they are saying) to get more vigilant on carry on items, including weighing them at the gate if the agent feels they are too heavy. It's always tough to find room in the overheads if you board towards the end of the boarding process. If you can't find a spot for it the flight attendants are not required to find room for you, they will suggest you gate check it. They will tag it and it goes in with the rest of the baggage. I've had it happen to me and I always pack my gear like it is going to happen so that if it does I know it will be fine.

Who waits until two hours before they leave to ask a question like this.:confused:


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Dec 24, 2011 02:05 |  #10

When you get off the flight, let us know how much stuff you took aboard.




  
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Dec 24, 2011 06:10 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #11

Who waits until two hours before they leave to ask a question like this ???????

^^^^^ bw!


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Dec 24, 2011 17:16 |  #12

LOL, thanks for all the help everybody. The only reason I asked 2 hours before the fight is because I was packing and my brother told me that he thought photographic equipment could be taken as an extra carry-on, then I found the TSA thing online... I didn't find an answer on the southwest site in time... and because of all your answers, I didn't push it, and just took the normal amount of carry-ons.

But... upon approaching to land in vegas, the pilot come over the radio thing and said that the flaps wern't working and he'd have to use the wheel brakes as the primary braking system... Ruh-roh! The pilot said "but don't worry because the runway in vegas was pretty long so we should be ok" I was like, "yikes! that's not something I want to hear from a pilot!" lol Anywho, after the plane circled for 30min, we landed a bit rough and there were like 5 ambulances, 3 fire trucks, and a butt load of fire/rescue trucks who escorted us into the gate, pretty cool, lol. Everybody was fine.

Merry Christmas everybody!


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Dec 24, 2011 20:42 as a reply to  @ NewEnglandPhotographer's post |  #13

where are the pictures??? LOL


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Dec 25, 2011 00:50 |  #14

camera was in the overhead bin, :(
Cell phones weren't allowed to be on yet. :(


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