/ Squeezing a lot of camera gear onto a flight - help?!
So if I wear coats and baggy trousers with huge pockets and stuff my clothes full of lenses and bodies, any chance that will get through with whatever I declare as my hand luggage seperate to the actualallowance before I pack it back in on the other side? Biggest lens is Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L, but I've checked and while I will look stupid it does techincally fit in a trouser side pocket (if I wear the REALLY stretchy ones).
You seem to be getting hold and hand mixed up in your post, unless I read it wrong.
Long story short I want to take a sh~t load of camera gear abroad and not get it trashed or pay lots of bucks to keep it safe. Top tips very welcome!
BA don't have a weight limit for hand luggage, as long as you can lift it into the locker unaided (or make it look light when you check-in and then stow it under the seat in front...). They also have a 23kg baggage allowance which is quite useful, and obviously don't charge for checking in a bag (which made them only £15 more expensive than Ryanair when I last flew, once I added on baggage with Ryanair).
Yep, definitely go with BA to avoid the cabin luggage weight limit, and you can take TWO pieces as hand luggage: rucksack/camera bag and a slim laptop bag as hand luggage.
(NOTE size limits do apply, and they have recently checked mine fit the prescribed size, so they may be enforcing it a bit more than they used to)
Cabin luggage space can be a bit of a squeeze sometimes, particularly on UK connecting flights (e.g. MAN-LHR), so the best is to be able to fit it under a seat with you, but I think most decent photobags won't fit.
Plus, you can check in a bag for the hold as well...
Nothing to do with luck, you just have to ask nicely! Have a good trip.
No hassle on any of the flights, flew with KLM. all the best with the trip
If you do have a weight limit, pack your bag as normal, 9/10 they won't weigh it anyway if it looks within size... if they do and its over weight... start putting things in your pockets... they usually give up and wave you through... And have a good trip!
I've never had a problem with B.A. Used a medium LowePro trekker carry on size. inside was LF woody, 3 lenses. Pentax 67 kit. And some 35mm nikon kit plus film. Just winch down all the straps and belts to make it as slim as poss for the scanner, and not draw attention to yourself. It all weighs a lot! So feed it through the scanner yourself, and pick it up without staff noticing the weight. Only time I was queried about weight, was by Lufthansa in Edinburgh, they let me go when i asked how delicate gear would survive in the cargo hold? Btw, a bumbag type camera bag seem to sail through without question if you are wearing one, might give you a few more liters of 'stuff'
I shot a wedding in the highlands and flew up there with easy jet.
lucky for me , my camrea bag is a Peli 5110 carry on http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-peli-1510-carry-on-case-with-dividers/p1011764 and lighting stands, soft box and tripod went in a north face duffle which I checked in. Laptop went in the 5110 case.
The trick is to carry less in the first place. When I've neded maximum carrying capacity (eg including the 400 2.8), iI just pad it all out and chuck it in a 30l daysack.
Finally, The think tank airport bags get a good write up too.
Good luck and enjoy the job.
I recall BA recently introduced a 23kg cabin bag limit as well, to protect their staff who are often asked to lift it, or in case it has to be gate checked.
Yep, you're quite right! From http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bagcabin/public/en_us
You are allowed one piece of hand baggage plus a laptop or handbag.
A 23kg (51lbs) maximum bag weight applies and you must be able to lift the bag unaided into the overhead lockers in the aircraft cabin.
Please see below for sizes.
Your main piece of hand baggage is up to the dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.
Your bag must fit into the bag gauge, available at the check-in area.
Your laptop or handbag is up to the dimensions 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in), including the handle and pockets.
Your laptop or handbag must fit under the seat in front of you.
One tip. Arrive early enough so you get on the plane first, once the overheads start to fill up, finding space for a capacity bag (which head two tripods and a nano lightstand in/on it, becomes more challenging....
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