UW photo gear in carry on - any no-no?
Posted 05 December 2018 - 02:28 AM
Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:50 AM
I also kept a small tote bag in the roll aboard. My plan was if they made me gate check it for my short flight on the smaller commuter plane I would put the most delicate items (specifically my housing and batteries) in the tote to be able to carry that on.
RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |
Posted 10 December 2018 - 01:58 PM
I always get stopped for camera gear. Here's my biggest tips:
1) Have covers over your batteries! I've started carrying some gaffers tape for them.
2) If they do ask you to check your carry on, explain there is camera gear and batteries in there. Usually they will find you a small enough space if you are following #3.
3) Always use a backpack for the primary amount of gear. I've never been asked to weight my backpack. Messenger bags are a good second alternative. Anything rolling or hard sided gets weighed first.
4) Carry a collapsable duffle bag. This will let you spread the weight if you have to.
5) Check whatever gear you can safely. This is usually the metal stuff.
6) Be Nice! Rules only have to be enforced when necessary and most staff really don't want to have to enforce them.
Posted 10 December 2018 - 02:33 PM
Great tip about taking out the o-ring ... gotta remember that for next time!!
Posted 15 December 2018 - 11:09 AM
I usually carry my UW housing, Ports, strobes, and batteries in a wheeled carry on. It' s usually 25 lbs. and 15lbs is the allowable max. Most time's no one checks the weight. But I have been stoped and checked twice, both times I opened the bag and showed them the housing and large dome port and stated that it was camera gear and fragile. They let me go, no charge.
Posted 17 December 2018 - 08:51 PM
I always carry my UW gear with me. Never had a backpack weighed, although on a few occasions my carry on was weighed (only for international). I was able to step away and take out something then re-weigh.
Ultimately, you can try to the response "airlines don't insure photography equipment in checked bags...". Be nice, patient, and you should be fine.