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11. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 10y

Sorry to say but it's time to go Digital. I LOVE film but my next trip is gonna be with digital equipment. The airlines don't understand that we put asses in their seats with our shots. If you're a pro go to a downtown head office of the Airline and try to get a waver. Good Luck, Zoom

12. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

Quoting Zoom

Sorry to say but it's time to go Digital. I LOVE film but my next trip is gonna be with digital equipment. The airlines don't understand that we put asses in their seats with our shots. If you're a pro go to a downtown head office of the Airline and try to get a waver. Good Luck, Zoom

Not interested in digital, I shoot 4x5. Thanks for the tip about the waiver. I had not thought of that.

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 28, 2006 7:47 PM by roteague ]

13. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

I had no problems between Toronto and Frankfurt with my mp3 player and digicam. they scanned it in my bag as usual, and that was it. the guy ahead of me had a metal case he said had a camera in it. same thing, scanned and passed through.

14. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

I have just flown out of Heathrow to Rejkjavik and back and carried my camera on board. No worries at all. They are more concerned aboub toothpaste and makeup. As long as you keep your carry on bag within the limit all seems to be ok.

15. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting caro_stern

I have just flown out of Heathrow to Rejkjavik and back and carried my camera on board. No worries at all. They are more concerned aboub toothpaste and makeup. As long as you keep your carry on bag within the limit all seems to be ok.

I just took the strictest leg there is, from Oslo to LA, via Heathrow. I can second the above, there is ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM carrying hand luggage containing photographic equipment, laptops etc. etc. on board, as long as you stay within the size limits (they are VERY strict on the size right now!!). I saw a few people in transit get sent back to check in luggage, but this was all due to the size of the luggage. The main thing is no fluids whatsoever (toothpaste, lip gloss etc.)!

Also important; absolutely NOT more than ONE piece of luggage (saw a few people get sent back for this too!). To be quite honest, this latter one should have been enforced ages ago as it was quite refreshing to actually have space in the overhead lockers for a change!

I was travelling with wife and kid, so we had three pieces of carryon. Two tiny ones with stuff for baby and I had a backpack with a dslr and extra lens + 2 laptops. In all honesty, the bottom part of my backpack (where the camera storage area is) was too high to fit the box they have (16 cm height maximum), but due to the tiny sizes of the other two pieces, they allowed it (could have moved some stuff over temporarily etc.).

Oh, the entire reason I decided to take them as carry ons was that after reading the Heathrow Airport and Transport Security Administration sites, I never once saw any mention of any of these items being a problem. I think, if it ever even happened that these items weren't allowed, that this was purely on/around the 10th of August due to the confusion and lack of knowledge right then and there. It's certainly never officially been an issue to carry any of these items (despite the media reportings)!

Anyway, just thought I'd give others a heads up as I was quite worried about travelling with the laptops/camera myself ;)

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Thanks for the update, Sam!
I was wondering about the cameras too (and will still check the airline's website) as I am planning on bringing the Nikon SLR and the 2 digitals to Ireland. My camera bag, with all of the stuff, still fits nicely under the seat so I hope it's the right size. Our carry-on can fit there also.

Is "can" film allowed in the cabin or should I just pack it in the checked bag?

17. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

ALWAYS take your film in your carry on bag. The x-ray machines at the security checkpoints is very safe for film (and you can always ask for it to be hand inspected to bypass the x-ray altogether! :) ) The machines that checked baggage goes through is much more powerful, and could very well wreck your film, especially if it goes through more than once.

18. Posted by Stockczech (Full Member 30 posts) 10y

Isadora, I'm not sure what the situation is in the US, but if you are travelling from a UK airport they do enforce the new rules pretty strictly. Only one carry-on per person and it must be no bigger than 45x35x16cm (17.7"x13.7"x6.2").

If you get the choice it's better to fly from a smaller airport rather than Heathrow or Gatwick. I try to go from my local airport (Robin Hood at Doncaster) and they are much more relaxed about things. At present I'm using a small backpack that fits within the guidelines for height and width, but is a fraction deeper if packed to capacity. In there I can get my laptop and a couple of cameras. Everything else has to be checked, which is a hassle if you are just away for a few days, as I usually am, but at least I can then take toothpaste, etc. rather than buying new on every trip! Whatever you do, make sure your film is in your carry-on. As Cupcake says the x-ray machines they use on checked baggage will fry your film! Oh! And not much point in asking for a hand inspection of your film at Heathrow. They just won't! Also, if you have a lot of equipment be prepared for them to remove everything from your bag and put each thing through again separately. No point in moaning about it - just be pleasant and get there early!

Sheila

19. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

belive the madness still exsists at UK airports regaurding carry on luggage does it?
I travel all over SE Asia on a regular basis and have no problem taking a peli case, with lap top, printer and DSLRs on as hand luggage, long may it last.

20. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting draggons

belive the madness still exsists at UK airports regaurding carry on luggage does it?
I travel all over SE Asia on a regular basis and have no problem taking a peli case, with lap top, printer and DSLRs on as hand luggage, long may it last.

The hand luggage restrictions are not just UK based. You will have to check with your airline on what can be carried and the size. The general rule of thumb now for most of Europe is:
No liquids, pastes, pressurised cans.
Hand luggage size has been halved from pre the restrictions.