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A Reference Guide
Now that you have your primary camera bag(s) packed, use
this section to prepare yourself for getting through airports and
to help you prepare for unexpected annoyances.
Most of our bags are designed specifically to help you avoid
the hassles of air travel by providing maximum carrying
capacity within the limitations of carry-on size restrictions.
However complications can arise so it’s best to be prepared
in advance and know when they are most likely to occur.
This comes through experience and by talking and working
with photographers that have already taken the path you are
going to embark upon.
Complications are most likely to arise when carrying a lot of
photography gear on a flight with multiple legs that take you
from smaller commuter airplanes to larger airliners, and then
back to smaller aircraft again. You may find that the carry-on
restrictions vary from leg to leg, so you do need to research
possible varying restrictions for your entire journey.
Airline Travel Guidelines
Use the following guidelines to help make sure you’re not
going to encounter any surprises while traveling. We’ve
covered some of these items in the previous section,
“Pack,” as well.
Do Everything in Your Power to NOT Check-In Your
Camera Gear.
Keeping your camera gear with you in the airplane’s cabin
significantly reduces the chance of having your gear lost,
damaged or stolen. Bags that are checked in instead of being
carried on are subject to more inspections, rough handling and
the increased risks of being damaged, stolen or lost.
Choose Your Airline Based on Their Size and Weight Restrictions
While size restrictions remain
standardized, weight restrictions vary greatly from airline to
airline, and even from leg to leg within the same airline. Again, be prepared by arriving at the airport fully
educated on the specifics of your journey.
Call the airline in advance of travel and inquire what the size and weight restrictions are for each leg
of the trip. You may find that you have too much gear to carry onto your connecting flight.
You alone
are your biggest advocate when it comes to getting your gear into the cabin
. Often it is enough
to simply explain to airline personal that you are a professional photographer with thousands of dollars
worth of camera gear in the bag. Escalate your needs to a manager if needed.
Always Have a Backup Plan
You’ve arrived at the gate or ticket counter and you’re told that your carry-on luggage is too heavy to go
into the cabin and will have to be checked. If this happens, it’s important to be quick on your feet. If you
can’t negotiate getting your gear onboard, you’re going to have to get creative. Remove heavier items
from your primary bag and put them into your overflow bag. Not carrying an overflow bag? Does your
flight companion have extra room in their bag? As a last resort, consider placing heavier lenses in your
pockets, as airlines don’t consider items carried in your clothing weighable. Consider wearing loose
clothing with large pockets if you think this could be a possibility.
Airport Commuter and Airport Essentials Backpacks
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