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Apr 11, 2018 09:52 |  #16

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While I may seem little picky but I like to insure things go smoothly and prefer to draw as little attention as possible.

You would think a bright orange flamingo boarding a plane would attract some attention!


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Apr 11, 2018 10:01 |  #17

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... And as Capn Jack says, you will need to treat any electronics larger than a cellphone (like a dslr camera) as you do a laptop - in a bin without anything above/below it. Now, if you're flying internationally, they're likely to be worse in terms of "follow the rules" and may require all peripherals to come out too... I flew to India for a business trip and their screeners had me take out my laptop mouse, my ethernet cable, the laptop charger, my dslr, and all the various cables I had along with my laptop.

I guess it depends on airport, too. Flying out of St Louis, MO in December to Philippines all I had to do was remove my 5DIII. I placed it on top of my Domke bag and coat... Everything in the same bin. No one seemed to care about all of the peripherals in the bag. On the trip back, I only had to remove the 5DIII in Japan.



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Apr 11, 2018 10:14 |  #18

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You would think a bright orange flamingo boarding a plane would attract some attention!

That would do it.


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Apr 11, 2018 12:45 as a reply to  @ digital paradise's post |  #19

thanks everyone. good informations.


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Apr 11, 2018 21:02 |  #20

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...because the female TSA agent was too embarrassed to cause you to have you bring your 'marital aid' into the open.

Yup, and judging by its diminutive size, she'd probably just roll her eyes at it anyway :rolleyes: :lol:


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Apr 12, 2018 01:26 |  #21

Just flew from Toronto to British Columbia and never once did they even open my camera bag and they only swabed the outside of the backpack twice.


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Apr 12, 2018 07:20 |  #22

They don't care about bag sizes or weights. It is the airlines responsibility to monitor it. I've only once seen an airline ask a person to fit the bag in their test rack.

At the post Xray in Toronto flight (to get to the Portugal) she asked me to remove my 5D4 with 100-400 and hand it to her. She told me she does not like to take expense gear out by herself. She wanted to feel how much it weighed and the bag was swabbed as well. On top of that since both knee replacements 2 years ago I never get through the metal detector anymore. That adds to the fun. However since I never have anything to hide being relaxed about it all makes it smooth.

About 15 years ago my friend and I were launching Estes model rockets for his kids. I was handling the engines both pre and post launch and grabbing my camera to take shots. A week later we were flying and they swabbed my bag which was the first time I had ever seen that. That was the only time I ever had any angst going through security. :eek:


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Apr 12, 2018 09:18 |  #23

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Is this really a thing now even on domestic flights?
They were just beginning to start this with international flights incoming from SOME countries last summer,. if I have to do this going to Newfoundland this summer, the line of plastic bins will be VERY long, :(

Yes, it started about 2 weeks ago for me. I'm on a business trip now and I have my work laptop, tablet computer, and my own iPad and DSLR. All needed to come out. Someone gave me a metal water bottle and I know that need to come out on the return since they will see a bottle, but can't tell whether it is full or empty.

Aside from the line of bins, it will be slow from people who rarely travel and aren't familiar with the new rules, so need to take the stuff out at the scanner.




  
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Apr 12, 2018 09:25 |  #24

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To be sure check out TSA's carry on policies and try to stick with them. Most people don't follow them and you will probably get away with oversized/overweight bags for the rest of your life. However one day someone may decide to question yours and then they may say that has to be checked. That could happen the day before you go. The airline decides to clamp down on oversized bags and the memo goes out. Happened to me once. We had to put lenses in my wife's purse, my pockets and a plastic bag.

We flew to Portugal on TAP in February and the first time we have flown with that airline. Two bags per person and they had very low weight limit for the personal one. 2 Kilograms so my small back pack camera bag only had one lens in it. I had to put some gear in my wife's second larger carry roller on. My second larger backpack bag camera bag just just met size and weight specs.

Try to sit closer to the back of the plane. Not sure about TSA but many airlines load by zone now. If you get on sooner there is more overhead bin space. Getting on later I have been close a few times trying to find a spot. The airlines are pretty good. One time I said there is a lot of expensive gear in this bag and attendant did a great job to help me. You never know as I have seen videos of people getting dragged off planes and some pets recently died because of snarly attendants. One day the attendant you have to deal with wanted Fruit Loops for breakfast but their partner made them Korn Flakes so they are having a bad day.

While I may seem little picky but I like to insure things go smoothly and prefer to draw as little attention as possible.

People dragged off planes and pets dying is very much the exception. For the most part, the flight crews are very professional and I very rarely meet one who isn't.

I saw a reference to "TSA" carry-on policies. The TSA really doesn't care as long as it fits into their machine; I'm pretty sure you mean the "airline" policies.




  
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Apr 12, 2018 10:14 |  #25

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They don't care about bag sizes or weights. It is the airlines responsibility to monitor it. I've only once seen an airline ask a person to fit the bag in their test rack.

I have only ONCE, ever, directly experienced being ask the put my carryon into the size test rack...Qantas flying Melbourne to Sydney. The bag body itself was small enough to fit...but the dang feet jutted out about 1cm too far to pass without lowering the bag at a very slight angle, and the anal compulsive gate agent failed the bag for size and made me check the bag at the gate.


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Apr 12, 2018 11:06 |  #26

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People dragged off planes and pets dying is very much the exception. For the most part, the flight crews are very professional and I very rarely meet one who isn't.

I saw a reference to "TSA" carry-on policies. The TSA really doesn't care as long as it fits into their machine; I'm pretty sure you mean the "airline" policies.

I realize that. Those were and I have never seen rude attendants. A little snarly once in a while. I was talking about an exception that anyone here will likely see. A day could come where the bins are jammed packed and the attendant just says take your seat and that bag is getting checked. Now what? Do you start to argue? Where would that go? I have seen bags that could not fit get checked several times.


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Apr 12, 2018 12:44 |  #27

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I realize that. Those were and I have never seen rude attendants. A little snarly once in a while. I was talking about an exception that anyone here will likely see. A day could come where the bins are jammed packed and the attendant just says take your seat and that bag is getting checked. Now what? Do you start to argue? Where would that go? I have seen bags that could not fit get checked several times.

Yeah, it is rare, but could happen. If the bins are full, the bag has to be checked. I believe United even has a rule that the carry-on bag must not go under the seat in front of you (the exact opposite of Air Canada's policy). So you can't offer to just stuff the bag under the seat.

Those checked bags are often put on an inclined conveyor that goes up to a hatch at the back of the plane. The conveyors I have seen don't have side rails. But the thing jiggles. And I have seen bags fall off near the top. Ouch!, especially if your 500/4 was in that bag.


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Apr 12, 2018 17:11 |  #28

Some tips at https://improvephotogr​aphy.com …a-security-with-a-camera/ (external link) written in late 2017 so fairly current. One thing I see not mentioned above is a tripod with spikes. Best remove the spikes and pack them in checked baggage.




  
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Apr 12, 2018 21:55 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #29

I have carried a tripod bag on but now that as you say get's checked.


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Jul 18, 2018 13:08 |  #30

So revisiting this topic, if I'm traveling domestically with 2 bodies and 2 lenses, all 4 items should be taken out and placed in a bin?


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