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POLL: "What is your theft experience with the TSA"
Yes, I've had something stolen
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No
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They've tried but were caught
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I know of some one who had something stolen
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Luxornv
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Aug 09, 2013 01:19 |  #31

Just traveled through 3 airports a month ago with my camera and stuff, and not a peep out of TSA. However, I don't have that much stuff.


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Aug 09, 2013 15:45 |  #32

I've flown with most of my gear numerous times, in and out of the country. So far nothing has been stolen. But one lens was broken that went through check in. It was just a cheap telephoto so not a big deal.

My camera body, and main lenses always travel on me. You get two bags to carry on. One was my gear the other my time passing bag.

If you watch them while they check them it's not a big deal, you can also request a hand search vs the scanner so only the person hand searching knows the content.


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MikeFairbanks
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Aug 11, 2013 18:42 |  #33

You left off the option of confiscation.

One time, while going through security by myself to fly back to California (this was right after 9-11, and men flying alone were usually scrutinized a bit more), a security guard pulled me to the side.

He asked, "Do you have any sharp objects in your backpack?"

I said, "No."

Then then asked, "What about knives?"

It took about a second for me to think, and then my face sunk and I remember saying, "uh....maybeeee."

I thought I was in big trouble, because I did, in fact, have a knife in there. Luckily, he picked up on my vibe and believed me when I said it was an accident that I left it in there.

I was given two choices: A. take it back to the car in the parking lot or B. Give it up forever.

I chose B. I had a plane to catch.


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Aug 12, 2013 07:50 |  #34

For about 15 years I've flown at least 125k miles each year. I've never had anything stolen.


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Aug 13, 2013 13:55 |  #35

I always bring all my camera gear as carry on, even the tripod (although i did put the tripod in check-in once and it came out fine)

Ironically the only thing TSA has ever stolen from me is....the TSA lock. They had opened up my suitcase, rummaged through, left a note informing me they had done so...and didn't put back the lock.

Why bother making us purchase these not-that-expensive-but-really-not-that-cheap specialty locks.




  
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Aug 14, 2013 14:02 as a reply to  @ post 16175915 |  #36

No, not yet. But since I fly 2-4 times a year, there is still the potential. But they will get my photo equipment over my dead body. Like most of you, I always carry my photo stuff with me. Let them steal my underwear,etc.


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Aug 14, 2013 14:06 |  #37

My dad "lost" 20k in studio equipment about 8 years ago. No recourse from the airline what so ever.


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Aug 14, 2013 14:22 |  #38

I got a rather sweet note from the TSA yesterday. :)

On our way home from Maryland, we had one of those big heavy cast metal Juicers from the 1960's that we picked up from a yard sale, and a small tripod in our checked bag.

the TSA went through it all and re-packaged everything very carefully as it had been, with a note explaining that they had to do so due to the metal content and concern that caused.

The only photo gear I check are the likes of battery chargers and tripods. (as with tripod in same checked bag yesterday)
The real stuff is always in my carry on. Even if it includes a 500mm prime!


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Mar 25, 2014 02:01 |  #39

Late reply but thank you so much for all the input.

I took all the advice and went with carry on ONLY. If i have to, i will only put portable studio equipment such as lights and stands which are hard to remove and conceal to steal.

I met up with an old buddy again and found out he was working as a TSA agent at LAX for a bit and then quit...I asked him about the whole controversies and he said it's very true and prevalent til this day.


needless to say, this is an embarrassing stain on the aviation industry and things need to be done to ensure our personal work items.




  
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Mar 25, 2014 08:36 |  #40

I have found TSA to be very professional in every aspect of what they are doing.




  
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Mar 25, 2014 15:47 |  #41

I've flown (from SFO) to hawaii, bali and san diego and never had a problem with TSA. I keep all my lenses in my pelican 1510 with a lock and my laptop and bodies and maybe 1 small prime on a camera sling bag and take it all with me as a carry on. My tripod, batteries, hoods, stands and flashes go in my check-in since they're not as hard to replace as lenses.


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Mar 26, 2014 13:02 |  #42

I once had some low value items taken from a bag flying out of Milwaukee.

Take out insurance and ask them for advice on how to mitigate your risk of loss. The fine print on your ticket makes it hard to get much from airlines, etc., so the risk is really yours and you need to own it. Keep meticulous records of everything.


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Mar 26, 2014 13:14 |  #43

Even better; my cousin arrived from New York one time with 4, hardcore Japanese porn videos stuffed IN his bag that he didn't set out with...should have heard his swearing from the back of the house when he opened his suitcase.


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Mar 26, 2014 13:48 |  #44

KhanhD wrote in post #16175915 (external link)
I have had about a dozen Rocket Blowers "confiscated"

Why?? Because they look like rockets?


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Mar 27, 2014 16:17 |  #45

Never had anything stolen. However, my checked bag was "randomly" searched both times I traveled with these lights:

http://www.amazon.com …e-Spotlight/dp/B0002YU4J​G (external link)


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