I'm curious how you guys travel with your gear. I doubt you check it in, right? I'd LOVE to do so, but insurance doesn't cover one lens, let alone a whole back of tricks.
So I fill my backpack with camera, lenses, laptop, chargers, etc and pretend it weights nothing.
So far I've been lucky, they never put it on a scale, but yesterday my family flew back to Germany and I noticed that at least one United guy was asking people to put their carry on on the scale. I've had 25+lb in there, way over the allowed 9lb.
Curious how you avoid getting busted or having to pay extra? I'm considering a rolling Pelican case in the future, that would be even heavier (but have more room).