Over the past couple of days, Homeland Security has been talking about extending its cabin electronics ban to all transatlantic flights. If that happens I assume it won’t be long before it gets applied to more flights such as from Indonesia, Philippines, maybe even the Caribbean. I expect that if that happens, our British and EU friends would utilize the same restrictions.
I am hoping they will find a way to carve out some exception for cameras but I sort of doubt it. So, I am thinking I need to begin working on a contingency plan to check my camera and lenses when I fly. I am not happy about that, but I certainly don’t want to find myself at an airport and have them insist my shoulder bag with camera body and lenses has to get checked.
Besides looking into better insurance for theft and damage, I am thinking of getting a Pelican 1610 case and using trek dividers, or perhaps the Kaizen foam that looks to be an upgrade from the pluck foam stuff. I was also thinking of trying the new Pelican “Elite” luggage in a similar size for the TSA locks and more streamlined design, but worry it may not be as protective.
I will undoubtedly have to pay extra checked bag fees and have more of a hassle getting through airports, but if indeed, cameras and lenses are banned in the cabin, I won’t have an option.
I would love to hear what others do about luggage choices and strategies for checking cameras and lenses, since I have so far avoided that (except for one unpleasant incident at Gatwick years ago that resulted in a damaged camera body and two destroyed lenses).
I will just add that since the problem seems to be ability of bad guys to disguise explosives as batteries, anything with a removable battery should be able to fly in the cabin.
I wonder if there are any camera industry or photographic industry lobbyists or politicos who could try to influence this issue. Anyway, I would love to hear suggestions, techniques, etc, fr dealing with this if it comes true.
Edited by Draq, 11 May 2017 - 08:31 AM.