Flying with Cameras

Discussion in 'Photography' started by WMH, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. WMH

    WMH Guest

    I am about to start traveling, first time to fly allot since 9/11, and would
    like to take two or three cameras with me. I have found that most airlines
    will allow a carry on bag and a smaller bag. My question is will most allow
    a 18 x 13 x 7 metal camera bag as the smaller bag? I don't want to let the
    cameras out of my sight if possible. Also, do the scanners affect film and
    digital memory cards? Thanks
    WMH, Jul 31, 2003
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  2. The bag will fit on the overhead compartment or under a seat, so you can
    take it on. Scanners don't bother film or memory cards, but checked luggage
    is inspected with a much higher dosage of radiation, so never keep film in
    checked bags. The last time I flew (a few days ago), I saw a notice to that
    effect in the airport - at the security inspection station, where it is too
    late to get back a checked bag.

    I'm not sure about memory cards in checked bags, but I wouldn't experiment
    with it.
    Marvin Margoshes, Jul 31, 2003
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    Chris Hoopes Guest

    I've flown a couple of times recently, bringing my regular carry-on plus
    my camera bag (12x9x10) as my personal item without any problems. It sounds
    like yours is about the size of a briefcase, which most airlines consider a
    personal item.

    I shoot 100% digital these days, so I don't have to worry about film,
    but as long as you are flying in the US, you should not have any problems
    with film. The only problem you might have with digital memory cards is what
    you store them in. Some materials (like bubble packing) can build up static
    electricity, which can wipe out the card if enough is built up. If the card
    is empty, you should have no worries at all. I just store my extra CF cards
    in their plastic containers and haven't had any problems at all.
    Chris Hoopes, Jul 31, 2003
  4. WMH

    WMH Guest

    I appreciate all the help you have given me and have decided to go with a
    smaller more airline friendly bag for the cameras and a x-ray proof bag for
    the film.
    WMH, Aug 1, 2003
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    Üter Guest

    I am about to start traveling, first time to fly allot since 9/11, and
    Can't answer your question directly, but I can tell you that I now use a
    Canon camera backpack. This makes it easy to always have my cameras on
    my person, they are sufficiently protected, and since its a backpack my
    hands are free to work the camera. :)
    Üter, Aug 1, 2003
  6. An x-ray proof (lead lined) bag is a waste of time. If you put it
    through the gate scanner they WILL make you open it and then check the
    contents. If you put it in your checked luggage, the x-ray machine
    will jack up the strength of the beam until it can penetrate the bag
    and your film will be completely ruined.

    Chris Dubea

    You know what to do with the e-mail address to reply via e-mail.
    Christopher Dubea, Aug 3, 2003
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    JW Guest

    I disagree, with respect. I use a lead lined bag just for that reason. I
    want them to hand inspect, not scan my film, and the bag makes sure that is
    so. If I just hand them my film, ofter 20 rolls or so, they tell me to put
    it in a basket and have it scanned. Not only no but hell no! If I put it
    in the lead bag that gets me the hand inspection I wanted in the first

    Just 2c worth
    JW, Aug 4, 2003
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    Bob Sull Guest

    Here in the US, the new security group, the TSA, recommends NOT using
    lead bags in the US. It does recommend having the film in clear
    canisters. This is no problem with Kodak and Fuji.

    The speed they are talking about here is 800. But, I have a roll of
    TMax 3200 Professional Film. Why be sorry?

    Look here for air travel in the US.

    Bob Sull, Aug 5, 2003
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