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A Reference Guide
Carry-on restrictions vary from airline
to airline, country to country, leg to
leg. These basics can help make sense
of it all:
1
. U.S. Domestic Flights on regular-sized
airliners have the most lenient carry-on
size restrictions that we know of. You
can also normally carry more than one
bag onboard, giving you the most
options for carrying the maximum
amount of gear.
2
. International Flights on regular-sized
airliners are slightly more restrictive than
flights that operate within the U.S. Many
international carriers have very strict
weight limitations for carry-on items and
may only allow for one item. We know of
airlines with weight restrictions as low as
14 lbs/6.4 kg for carry-on items. That’s
the weight of a camera and a few
professional sized lenses in a lightweight
bag. As we’ve mentioned earlier, find out
all restrictions before purchasing your
ticket. Many European intra-continental
flights now only allow for one carry-on
bag. Again, be prepared by knowing
the carry-on restrictions for all legs of
your flight.
3
. Domestic & International Commuter/
Intra-Continental flights are made on
smaller aircraft with limited cabin space.
Only small backpacks and small bags
can be brought onboard in most cases.
Larger luggage and rolling camera bags
are normally gate-checked. This
will happen right before you board the
aircraft. Most of our rolling camera bags
are designed to be gate-checked.
Though we still recommend speaking
with flight personnel to see if they can
find space for your larger luggage inside
the cabin. Again, be an advocate for
your gear!
4
. Space under the seat in front of your
seat is designated for shoulder bags,
small backpacks and similarly sized
bags. The space found underneath
seats varies not only from airline to
airline and airplane to airplane, but also
from seat to seat on the same airplane.
Also, we often provide more dividers than you may need to give you multiple configuration options. Contact us if you do find
yourself needing additional dividers as we provide them at no cost in most situations and when available.
Weight is the Enemy When Traveling by Air
Many customers are only concerned about the size of their carry-on bags, but don’t take into consideration that airlines often have
strictly enforced weight rules. “I got to the check-in counter and they made me check my camera gear bag because it weighed too
much!” We sound like a broken record, but again, know the restrictions for carry-on weight and size restrictions for each leg of your trip.
Many airlines are using bag weight as another method for making travelers pay extra by forcing them to check-in bags that they
thought they would be able to carry-on. Some airlines only allow one carry-on items and it can only have a maximum weight of 14
lbs/6.4 kg. Remember Rule #2 mentioned at the start of this guide: Choose a quality airline with lenient weight and size restrictions so
your gear makes it onboard with you, in the cabin and not the cargo hold.
If you do need to take a lot of gear, consider using two bags instead of one. One option is to use a rolling camera bag to handle the
weight of your gear and then use a smaller, lighter bag as your active shooting solution. In some cases, especially when working from
a car, you can use a backpack as your main bag to transport all of your gear and then use a shoulder bag, beltpack or modular belt
system as a quick-access solution to shoot from.
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