From: Savageduck on
On 2010-01-07 23:21:19 -0800, Father Kodak <dont_bother(a)IDontCare.COM> said:

> On Thu, 7 Jan 2010 16:53:36 -0800, Savageduck
> <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> My strangest recent travel experience was flying between Cape Town and
>> Johannesburg in South Africa. On domestic flights in SA you are limited
>> to 8kg for carry on bags. My carry on with clothes, D300, 3 lenses, and
>> batteries came in at 12.5kg, and they insisted I check the bag. I had
>> all my camera equipment in two Thinktank http://www.thinktankphoto.com/
>> pouches on one of their belts in my carry on bag. I pulled the belt out
>> of the bag and put it on.
>
> Which ThinkTankPhoto pouches? I have the Speed Racer, and I can't
> imagine that I would be allowed to "wear" it on the plane, without
> having it counted as my "personal item."
>
> In about a month, I'm supposed to fly to Canada from the USA. It
> would be nice to carry on my photo gear, my laptop bag, and my
> clothing bag. :)

I bought the 5 piece "Skin Set" + the "Thin Skin Belt". For the trip,
instead of taking a photo-bag, I packed all I took with me into the
"Skin Chimp Cage" and the "Skin 75 Pop-down" which were attached to the
belt. They were packed in my wheeled carry-on.

I think I surprised the check in desk staff when I just opened the
carry on, pulled out the belt + pouches and put it on. Their only
concern seemed to be the weight of the carry on bag. The South African
airport security seemed to accept that anything I ran through their
X-Ray was OK.

I seriously doubt that I would have got away with wearing that belt of
lenses and batteries any where other than South Africa, and there is
every likelihood I wouldn't get away with it there today, given the
current situation.
....and certainly not any US, Canadian, or European airport.

I am already considering other options for my next trip, which
fortunately is domestic not Canadian. I believe I can pack my carry on
with the same Thinktank system for domestic US or European travel, but
limit what else I pack in that bag.

For Canada, if things haven't become sensible, maybe a drive up through
Oregon and Washington, with a ferry ride from Port Angeles WA to
Victoria, BC would be something to consider in the Spring. No TSA and
no weird regulations to deal with.


--
Regards,

Savageduck

From: Wally on
On Wed, 6 Jan 2010 18:43:48 -0000, "Graham Harrison"
<edward.harrison1(a)remove.btinternet.com> wrote:

>I've recently been using a Crumpler bag which I can get my camera body,
>three lenses and a small laptop into as well as personal items. It travels
>with me as hand baggage. I've never had a problem with size or weight.
>
>Let's be pessimistic for a moment and assume that the security situation
>worsens and we're restricted in the way that Canada/US flights have been
>recently (e.g. no hand baggage to all intents and purposes). What to do
>with the camera then?

I went through on Jan. 8 and specifically asked about carrying a BIG
camera through (considering taking a Canon 40D with the 100-400mm
mounted.) Two security people said no problem. Cameras are an exeption
to the "no carry-on" rule. In two weeks I will actually be trying it.
Maybe I'll get my wife to take the spare body with the 17-55 mounted,
and then a couple more lenses can go in the checked luggage.

YMMV - the rules could change.

BTW, they were allowing small briefcases as long as there was a laptop
inside. Purses are allowed. Normal assorted items in the laptop
bag/purse were okay.

Wally
From: Graham Harrison on

"Wally" <Wally(a)luxx.com> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 6 Jan 2010 18:43:48 -0000, "Graham Harrison"
> <edward.harrison1(a)remove.btinternet.com> wrote:
>
>>I've recently been using a Crumpler bag which I can get my camera body,
>>three lenses and a small laptop into as well as personal items. It
>>travels
>>with me as hand baggage. I've never had a problem with size or weight.
>>
>>Let's be pessimistic for a moment and assume that the security situation
>>worsens and we're restricted in the way that Canada/US flights have been
>>recently (e.g. no hand baggage to all intents and purposes). What to do
>>with the camera then?
>
> I went through on Jan. 8 and specifically asked about carrying a BIG
> camera through (considering taking a Canon 40D with the 100-400mm
> mounted.) Two security people said no problem. Cameras are an exeption
> to the "no carry-on" rule. In two weeks I will actually be trying it.
> Maybe I'll get my wife to take the spare body with the 17-55 mounted,
> and then a couple more lenses can go in the checked luggage.
>
> YMMV - the rules could change.
>
> BTW, they were allowing small briefcases as long as there was a laptop
> inside. Purses are allowed. Normal assorted items in the laptop
> bag/purse were okay.
>
> Wally

That's helpful but I'm afraid you're missing the point. I wasn't asking
about the Canada/US situation specifically simply using it as an example.
Now, I accept that your experience suggests "they" are being sensible but
I'm afraid I can't help thinking that not every security person will be that
flexible.

Put yourself in a situation where you are banned from taking your camera
with lenses into the cabin with no exceptions. What do you do then?

From: Wally on
On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:40:50 -0000, "Graham Harrison"
<edward.harrison1(a)remove.btinternet.com> wrote:

>Put yourself in a situation where you are banned from taking your camera
>with lenses into the cabin with no exceptions. What do you do then?

Those situations happen and can be very difficult. I heard about a
tuba player in the U.S. who was flying to a performance, and they
refused to take the tuba because it was over the weight limit. They
initially refused to consider accepting excess baggage fees. But he
HAD to take it, and NOW, or lose his job. Eventually they worked
something out - can't remember the details - but he got there, with
his horn - and it cost him money.

I'm pretty sure every situation is different. Just try to prepare as
best you can against different eventualities. Like, have addresses
ready if they refuse to let you take it, but offer to let you courier
it to somewhere. And alllow plenty of time.

Wally
From: J�rgen Exner on
"Graham Harrison" <edward.harrison1(a)remove.btinternet.com> wrote:
>Put yourself in a situation where you are banned from taking your camera
>with lenses into the cabin with no exceptions. What do you do then?

Take the train.

jue