June 21, 2007 at 8:41 pm #1011
So I’ve got 2 ginormous family events one week apart and a business trip to Virginia planned all for end of July/August. For all of you guys that take your cameras on the plane, what should I know about carrying them with me? I haven’t ever gone through security with a ton of lenses or my camera so I’m not sure what they’re gonna require or want besides me taking off my shoes.
Anyone have any extra tranquilizers?
I hate planes. Hate hate hate hate hate hate.June 21, 2007 at 8:49 pm #11847linguineParticipant
Ive never had any problems with carrying a camera through security, although ive never taken a lot of lenses with me but i doubt the number will matter as long as they fit in your carry on bag. For the flight i just put my camera in a backpack and tuck it under my seat figuring my camera would be less likely to get jostled around or anything there.June 21, 2007 at 9:40 pm #11848
Yeah, I just did my first flight with the full camera bag a few weeks ago. Nobody even looked twice. Besides, it isn’t illegal to own a camera. If they ask you any questions, just let them look through the bag and answer their questions honestly. You’re an amateur photographer and you’re going to an important event that you’re going to be photographing, so you have all your equipment with you.
Don’t fret about it, and have a good time!June 21, 2007 at 10:03 pm #11849ClaffParticipant
I have a camera bag that holds two bodies, two additional lenses, the SB600 flash and a buttload of accessories and it’s never had an issue going through airport security, and it’s gone through quite a few times.June 21, 2007 at 10:07 pm #11850UranusParticipant
….and, apparently a camera bag is always considered hand luggage, and generally not subject to those finicky size restrictions…..June 21, 2007 at 10:09 pm #11851
Well thanks for the info all!
I guess I was more worried about having to take crap apart or not being able to take it for some stupid reason. My camera bag is a backpack that has a whole bottom for storage, so I think it’ll be good.June 21, 2007 at 11:40 pm #11852
I’ve had them balk at my laptop a couple times but all they do is ask if they can open the bag and inspect the contents. They pull you off to one side, and a guy with latex gloves on takes a close look at the thing, inspects the serial numbers, looks at the battery case and the keyboard, and then hands it back to you once he’s satisfied. I assume that the same will happen with a camera. It’s a hassle, but what isn’t a hassle at airports these days? The best thing you can do is cooperate totally and take it in stride.
Of course, now that I’ve said all that, they’re going to kick me off my flight to Trinidad on Tuesday for all my equipment! I’m so freaking excited. I’m actually going somewhere specifically to take photos of the RO plant there! Yay! It’s almost like being a real photographer!!!June 22, 2007 at 12:04 am #11853QuickSilverParticipant
One other quick observation that I have about airport security and anything electronic. In most cases they have made me turn the blasted things on to prove that they were what they appeared to be. Things such as PDAs, Laptops, cell phones, game boys you know the drill. Just be sure that anything you take is charged up or you have a plug in adapter. Just a thought 😉June 22, 2007 at 3:25 am #11854staplermofoParticipant
Shooting -> taking pictures
Bodies -> cameras
buttload -> a lot
tranquilizers -> ubiquitous OTC of questionable efficacyJune 22, 2007 at 5:00 am #11855
the bomb -> really good
a drink -> all the mini-bottles of Stoli you can chug before passing outJune 22, 2007 at 8:20 am #11856XenPixParticipant
Last time I took a camera on the plane in the USA, they made me take a picture to show it was real. That was it.
Not sure if it’s changed since security has been tightened, they didn’t check when I went to spain.June 25, 2007 at 2:31 pm #11857schneeParticipant
The only trouble I had was when I tried to bring a hex wrench on board (it’s for my ballhead). I forgot it was in my camera backpack and they made be throw it out.
Lesson, be careful of the tools.June 25, 2007 at 5:48 pm #11858
Good one schnee.
Thanks for the help, all. I guess I should make sure the battery’s charged in case I have to turn it on, too. Maybe they’ll drop my 55-200mm lens cause it’s sure acting funky!June 25, 2007 at 9:45 pm #11859CuriousParticipant
Lesson, be careful of the tools.
i’m guessing you mean the TSA.June 26, 2007 at 2:01 am #11860schneeParticipant
Lesson, be careful of the tools.
i’m guessing you mean the TSA.
Language, thy name is ambiguousity. 🙂
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