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Traveling on plane with pano gear

Hi,

I have my cameras and other gear in a hardshell camera case which will be my carry on luggage.

My question is how do you guys travel on the plane with a tripod? Can I take it with me as a carry on? Put it inside a luggage to be checked in?

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We take the cameras, lenses and other expensive equipment on board in a soft back pack as carry on bag that can fit under the seat or in the overhead bin.  Yes, when going through security, expect then to look and test everything.  They often ask me to turn the camera on and take a photo (easily erased later).

Our two tripods and disassembled pan heads go in our small check in baggage along with our skin diving equipment (flippers, mask, snorkle, wetsuits, couple of emergency 6 packs of Dos XX's, bottled water, sun cream, small compass, whistle, water tight pouches and extra cookies).

Our flights are usually 2 hour duration and are non-stop (except for the destination --> Mexico).

Done this way for 5 years now without issue.

Be sure to send us a post card when you get there.

Dave


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Thanks Dave.

With the post 9/11, we can't lock our luggage anymore. That concerns me since thefts was a big problem at various airports in the past, e.g., airport handlers with master keys rummaging through suitcases stealing valuables. Now that you cannot lock your luggage, I wonder if the problem has returned.

Mahalo no.

r,
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Actually, you can lock your luggage.

You need to look for "TSA Certified" locks at your local luggage store or online. These locks can lock your luggage, and TSA officials can open them with special keys in the event that they need to. Only TSA officials have these keys, other baggage handlers do not. If you get asked at the ticket counter, tell them that they are TSA locks and do not need to be removed. I have actually had counter staff that did not know about these locks.

I have done this since 9-11 without incident, although the more valuable items always go with me as carry on.

John
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Thanks John.

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