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Apr 12, 2007 13:59 |  #1

Hi everyone, I have just been asked to fly to Boston for my brothers wedding in May to be the wedding photographer. Does anyone know if there are restrictions to bringing your camera and lenses on board the passenger compartment? I know in this day and age of heightened security people are very anxious about what we can carry on a plane.

I don't want to check nearly $4,000 worth of gear and never see it again.

Anyone travel with their gear?


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Apr 12, 2007 14:21 |  #2

Make sure that all sharp objects are gone, and I have found that of corse the size limitation. By no means let it out of your site! Good luck


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Apr 12, 2007 14:33 |  #3

Don't forget to put cleaning solutions and other liquids in the hold too, if the restrictions are anything like over here!


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Apr 12, 2007 14:39 |  #4

yea, and you can probably forget about taking a large tripod too.


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Apr 12, 2007 15:08 |  #5

I just flew to DC from Boston with Jetblue
I had 2 bags a Northface backpack which i kept my cameras in and a 24" bag for clothes and a lens, etc. When i was on the plane i put the 24" in the over head and the backpack under the seat in front of me either bag would of fit but i rather have my $$ bag in front of me. hope this helps


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Apr 12, 2007 15:22 |  #6

I just flew to TN from NY. No issues. I had my tripod (in it's case) and camera bag/gear with me, checked one clothes bag, and was good to go. They inspected it, and let me through, no questions asked. There was even a bottle of lens cleaning solution which I forgot to take out, but since it was in a case, inside the bag, I wasn't presented with any hassles.

In fact, the same scenario existed when I went to San Fran. back in February. I took everything in my list, the 5D, 70-200, 50, 17-40, 400 (left the 300 at home), the 100, 1.4TX, Flash, etc. No hassles.

Good luck on the trip, and congrats to the couple getting married.


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Apr 12, 2007 15:31 |  #7

Just make sure you are within the size and weight limits for carry on. Check with your airline because each one can be different. If you have lens cleaner or anything else, it has to be in a clearly marked bottle (plastic) less than 3 oz. and all liquids and gels (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) must be in a gallon ziplock bag that you can take out and run through the xray separately.
I run gear through the xray all the time and have never been questioned. Overseas I had to pull out my mini-mag lite and explain what it was and turn it on so they could see if was a flashlight, but not really a hassle.
As I said, size and weight are the big worries.


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Apr 12, 2007 15:36 |  #8

Airlines & airports seem to be fine with all sorts of photography gear.

I flew out of Heathrow with a Lowepro Compu Rover AW stuffed with body + 3 lenses + flash and assorted gear/filters etc + CF tripod + ball head + 17" MAC Powerbook. All up weight was 9kg but the concern was only that it fitted into the size restrictions, which it did (just).

Check airport & airline restrictions online as they can change.


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Apr 12, 2007 15:53 |  #9

Just make sure to travel efficiently. Laptops have to be taken out of their bags, and placed in a separate tray. Camera bags can just go whole, through the machines. Other than that, be comfortable...that's all I can say. Take off your belt, take out your wallet, leave the change at home, no lighters (but matches are OK (US at least) -- never had an issue with them), cig's (if you smoke) out the pockets, cell phones go in a separate bowl...and make sure there's no random metals in the bag.

Just gotta be smart...when travelling. :wink:


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Apr 12, 2007 16:58 as a reply to  @ inthedeck's post |  #10

What about a Rocket Blower? I'm flying tomorrow, and will probably stick the RB in with my checked stuff...just not a good shape to be carrying around an airport.


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Apr 12, 2007 18:57 |  #11

Here's some carry-on information.

http://www.luggageonli​ne.com/about_airlines.​cfm (external link)

Best to check your airline's web site. If you happen to be travelling on a smaller commuter jet or prop plane, you may have to check some carry-on baggage at the gate.


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Apr 12, 2007 19:43 |  #12

michaelgreen78 wrote in post #3029880 (external link)
Don't forget to put cleaning solutions and other liquids in the hold too, if the restrictions are anything like over here!

I would make sure the cleaning solution is non-flammable. If it is flammable the cargo hold is no place for it. I have spoken with several pilots about this and they are not keen on having unauthorized flammable containers in the belly of the plane. Just buy cleaner when you arrive.
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Apr 12, 2007 21:42 as a reply to  @ kona77's post |  #13

I normally travel with way more gear than can be carried on board. I back my additional gear in a hard sided suitcase and have not had any trouble in dozens of trips. I opted for this type of case over a Pelican type of case as they just scream "I've got expensive stuff in me". I spent 30 odd years working at the airlines and you want to minimize this signal as much as you can. I have traveled to shoot weddings and taken multiple bodies lenses and 4 strobes this fashion.

I highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and live within the guidelines of the airline that you are traveling on. If you get caught in a position where you are in violation then you either check your gear as you were trying to carry it on or you don't go. The airlines are becoming ever more vigilante in checking for this. Space on board is limited and beyond that it can be a safety factor. The major airlines are very good at keeping their guidelines up to date on their websites. I also recommend that you print this out and keep a copy with you. It is not uncommon for the regulations to change and sometimes this doesn't filter down to the front line staff fast enough.

Here are a couple of other threads that deal with air travel that I found in a search.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php​?t=293052

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php​?t=286165


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Apr 15, 2007 20:00 |  #14

No problems in lots of trips - only once did someone check all my lenses and I think he was a newby. Very nice and caused me no trouble. Tripods can cause troubles with size requirements and might be best checked. SSIM is absolutley right - know what your airline allows (on their web site) and make sure you are within the rules.


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Apr 15, 2007 20:10 |  #15

I recently bought a Dakine Sequence backpackfor this purpose - mainly since it had enough space around the inner camera block that it serves as a useful carry-on for snacks, windbreaker, water bottle etc. Easy to put on back and carry the weight and thus easy to handle other suitcases etc. Tripod went inside my suitcase. If for some reason the airline got extra picky with the Dakine (can't see why) you can take the inner camera block out and use as a shoulder bag separately - then you could check the outer backpack if you had to. Easily held all my gear, ice axe straps excellent for a tripod!


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