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Flying with a Digital SLR Camera?

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Flying with a Digital SLR Camera?

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I've booked a flight and want to bring my digital SLR Camera with me. What is the best way to carry it? Put it in Carry On or Check Baggage? Is there a way I should wrap it?

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Always put in carry on and keep the bag near you. I usually put it under the chair in front of me instead of putting it in the overhead bin where someone else could squish it with their luggage. (I keep in a small lowepro bag that's inside of a larger carryon on bag loaded with other valuables) It was pass through the x-ray fine and no need to worry about digital memory being affected.

Never check it in since it could get damaged/stolen. They're really rough when loading checked luggage at airports. Putting anything expensive in checked luggage is a recipe for trouble.
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Apr 24th, 2010 6:12 pm
Never check it in since it could get damaged/stolen. They're really rough when loading checked luggage at airports. Putting anything expensive in checked luggage is a recipe for trouble.
Agreed. Especially when travelling to US, the TSA is known to steal things from the checked in luggages.
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Darn. I thought this thread was going to be about skydiving with a DSLR. Now THAT I am interested in.

In response to your actual question yes bring the camera in your carry on or it may be damaged or stolen.
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Any special Packing procedures? I mean Bubble wrap the lenses? Etc?
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N1Hawk wrote:
Apr 24th, 2010 6:41 pm
Any special Packing procedures? I mean Bubble wrap the lenses? Etc?
If you're bringing it with you onto the plane, then you should probably just pack it as you normally would... Unless you're worried about putting it in the compartments above the seats, but I don't think you should do that anyway. I usually have my camera bag with me on my lap or between my feet on the ground.

Another thing to consider is filling out those customs forms to prove that you brought all the gear with you as you went on the trip to avoid any troubles with customs questioning the origin of your gear when you come back.
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Where would I have to fill out these Customs Forms out? I'm flying from Cleveland to Houston and Houston to Calgary?





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Apr 24th, 2010 6:54 pm
If you're bringing it with you onto the plane, then you should probably just pack it as you normally would... Unless you're worried about putting it in the compartments above the seats, but I don't think you should do that anyway. I usually have my camera bag with me on my lap or between my feet on the ground.

Another thing to consider is filling out those customs forms to prove that you brought all the gear with you as you went on the trip to avoid any troubles with customs questioning the origin of your gear when you come back.
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Make sure it's on your carry-on, and if it's a short flight just put it in a bag and put in near you (I usually put it by my feet). I'm afraid of it getting squished or stolen in the overhead compartment.

I flew international many times with my gear, don't worry about the customs thing. As long as your gear doesn't look new (eg still in boxes and packaging etc) then they won't harrass you about it, because it's pretty obvious they're just personal belongings.
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Make sure it's on your carry-on, and if it's a short flight just put it in a bag and put in near you (I usually put it by my feet). I'm afraid of it getting squished or stolen in the overhead compartment.

I flew international many times with my gear, don't worry about the customs thing. As long as your gear doesn't look new (eg still in boxes and packaging etc) then they won't harrass you about it, because it's pretty obvious they're just personal belongings.
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Well it def does not look new, I'm going to throw my camera bag in with my carry on if i can fit it or should I just throw all my camera gear without the camera bag into my carry on? I'm allowed 1 Carry on.
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Well it def does not look new, I'm going to throw my camera bag in with my carry on if i can fit it or should I just throw all my camera gear without the camera bag into my carry on? I'm allowed 1 Carry on.
Even if you are only allowed one carry on it shouldn't matter. I believe Canadian flights are now allowing 2 carry ons for all destinations.
and even then Camera bags are considered personal items and don't count toward carry ons.
but you should really look at the catsa site and go from there to get the best info.

If you are concerned about the gear getting questioned about its source of origin, just take the gear down to the local CBSA and have them write you up a little card listing your equipment and serial numbers. I've done that with new laptops. to make sure they don't ding me on the way home.
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You should be allowed a separate bag with your camera, as a personal item. One carry on plus one personal item. I flew to Europe through the States last month and they allowed it.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/ ... _1248.shtm
You may carry one (1) bag of photographic equipment in addition to one (1) carry-on and one (1) personal item through the screening checkpoint. The additional bag must conform to your air carrier's carry-on restrictions for size and weight. Please confirm your air carrier's restrictions prior to arriving at the airport.

Air carriers may or may not allow the additional carry-on item on their aircraft. Please check with your air carrier prior to arriving at the airport.

Our screening equipment will not affect digital cameras and electronic image storage cards.
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Pro-Tip: Some professional photographers in the US get starter pistols (they're used for starting races by firing blanks), and carry them with them whenever they need to fly with photography equipment. By checking a 'gun' in with their equipment, it ensures the baggage is carefully handled to prevent breakage, protected against theft by baggage handlers (they don't get to go anywhere near it), and guarantees special privileges if the contents are lost, damaged, or stolen (airlines might not care if a laptop gets stolen, but a registered gun? they'll fight tooth and nail to get it back). Not sure if this is possible for Canadians, but considering there are some Americans on here, consider that next time you fly.

For those Canadians / normal people, ALWAYS bring it as carry on. Have you ever seen how they treat people's bags? It's great and all that the airline might pay to replace a broken lens, but that can take weeks, and if you're on a trip, you aren't going to be able to get another lens necessarily if yours broke.
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I brought my Lowepro Computrekker AW backpack fully loaded with the laptop in the back as carry-on on my trip to SE Asia. 18 hour flight - you just have to.

At each checkpoint they just ask you take out the laptop and turn it on, that's all.

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