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Taking a DSLR on a plane
I'll be going on holiday soon and want to take my DSLR with me as part of my hand luggage. With all the paranoid security measures in place is it advisable to put it in my suitcase instead? I'd be worried that the suitcase will be thrown about and cause some damage to the camera..

Does anyone have any recent experience of taking their DSLR in their hand luggage...

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It should't be any problem. I've taken my DSLR on planes recently with no issues. Have fun!..

Comment #1

I've traveled many times with my DSLR and additional lenses. I use a Lowepro minitrecker and have never had a problem. I would NEVER put my photo gear in a checked suitcase even though I have full coverage insurance..

Stevehttp://vette74.smugmug.com..

Comment #2

I have flown into and out of the UK with my equipment. I carry a Tamrac Adventure 6 backpack with me on the plane and have not had a problem. This is a DSLR, 3-4 lenses, batteries, extra memory card, computer, chargers,...all in the same backpack. I didn't even get a question from security..

I would NEVER put my gear in checked luggage..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #3

Don't put it in luggage. I use a LowePro Photo Trekker AW II and it works fine, even on some smaller twin engine turbo props I have flown...

Comment #4

I agree. I never check my photo equipment in except tripods and stuff..

I've been through several bags and have settled on the Think Tank line. They're just better in my opinion. Their sizing is especially designed for meeting the needs of carry-on travelers..

I use the Think Tank Airport Anectdote. It carries two bodies, flash, cables, etc. and 6 lenses including a 200-500 zoom and 70-300 zoom; yet is still fits in the overhead of small regional carriers. They're extremely comfortable on this 56 year old's back and very well made..

They aren't cheap, but worth it..

Http://www.thinktankphoto.com/..

Comment #5

Theres some new rules concerning lithium batteries. You are not supposed to put them in checked luggage and you are to cover the contacts and only allowed two spares...

Comment #6

Zub wrote:.

I'll be going on holiday soon and want to take my DSLR with me aspart of my hand luggage. With all the paranoid security measures inplace is it advisable to put it in my suitcase instead? I'd beworried that the suitcase will be thrown about and cause some damageto the camera..

Does anyone have any recent experience of taking their DSLR in theirhand luggage..

No problems at all! As long as you are within size/weight, they won't harrass you much at all..

From experience, smaller airports will take a closer look, but all big airports I've flown through haven't taken a 2nd look at the the bag... If you go through Montserrat (MNI) the one guy may show interest in your gear if they're not busy (they hardly ever are) and have extra questions (like how do you like the weight, handling, etc..)..

Comment #7

No problems with multiple return trips from MEL-TXL (Berlin). This included sidetrips to UK and Israel (the most scrutinized airports). Did get caught out recently with duty free purchased liquor limits taken outside the EU though. But most recently was bailed up pre security carrying a mobile and smokes (to have a last one and the missus had all our luggage through already) on a national flight. Was screened for explosives material and asked if I work in mines (and we have lots) or help with gardening. Either one didn't apply but the gardening had to do with nitrates.One could hypothesize then that gardening is more dangerous than photography.Cheers SubyMelbourne, Australia...

Comment #8

I would NEVER put my gear in checked luggage..

Last year I flew to India and Alitalia lost my baggage - rerouted it to Tehran. Didn't get it until I returned home 6 weeks later..

I would NEVER put my gear in checked luggage..

Last December I flew to Yemen and Jordan and Air France lost mt baggage - rerouted it to Beirut. I got it 2 weeks in to my trip..

I would NEVER put my gear in checked luggage..

Thank god I had my gear with me. It would have ruined my trip...

Comment #9

Zub wrote:.

I'll be going on holiday soon and want to take my DSLR with me aspart of my hand luggage. With all the paranoid security measures inplace is it advisable to put it in my suitcase instead? I'd beworried that the suitcase will be thrown about and cause some damageto the camera..

I'd be more worried about it getting stolen.

Does anyone have any recent experience of taking their DSLR in theirhand luggage..

Flying from the USA to Italy (and back) last summer, I had my carry-on bag and my camera bag (my "personal" item). No problems.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

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Comment #10

Only put it in your suitcase if you want it stolen..

I've never had any trouble taking one on as hand luggage, you may be asked to turn it on & take a picture to prove it's real (happened once)...

Comment #11

Don't put it in your suitcase. The baggage people are now thieves, it just aint the way it used to be. They will see it with their x-ray guns and steal it, even if it means cutting the suitcase.It's not what you spend, it's what you buy!..

Comment #12

...unless you're ok with an increased chance of it getting stolen or damaged. I've taken my DSLR gear on national & international flights, never had a problem. Just be sure to adhere to the carry-on limit of whatever airline you're flying, and you'll be fine..

Mark..

Comment #13

I always carry all the electronics: cell phones and chargers, GPS and car adapter, cameras (3), lenses, cables, chargers, etc. If my luggage gets lost, I can buy clothes and toothpaste almost anywhere but without communication, navigation and my cameras, the trip could be ruined. I usually put the tripod in the luggage..

Never been hassled. One time they wanted to inspect the bag, but I think it was because the TSA guy was a camera buff.Cheers!..

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