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Lisa Nikodym
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« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2007, 05:41:52 PM »
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I think we are more of a target in uniform than out. Seems the less mature security officers enjoy pushing their weight around and the uniform makes it worse.
Generally crew can cut to the front of the line (we are trying to make an on time departure) but are screened in the same place as passengers. I have traveled in civies but less frequently, with similar results one out of ten times someone want's to make an issue. I did look into the length limit for carry on and it is approx 26 inches (USA) 66cm (Japan) which equals the diagnal measurement of a 22" wheeled suitcase, the limit for carry on luggage. Probably the best bet is an inexpensive tripod with your checked baggage.
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Interesting.  Thanks for your view of things.  In the past I've just put my tripod in checked luggage or done without one entirely, but maybe one of these days I'll try hand-carrying it and see how it goes.

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« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2007, 06:16:33 PM »
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I always pack light which lets me take my camera bag and suitcase (a sports bag) as carry ons but then again I don't go on expeditions like many here do.

I didn't have any issue when I flew to Canada and back in '05 totting my less than small Bogen 3020. Now I have a Gitzo G2220. I'll get a chance to see how security accepts my tripod while traveling within the states when I go to Colorado at the end of the month.
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« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2007, 08:44:52 PM »
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My limited experience has led me to check a tripod. In the past, I often carried a small Gitzo on to the plane and never had a problem.  Last year I took the tripod to Osaka, on the return flight, I was not allowed to board with the tripod.  I checked the tripod and upon my arrival in Chicago had to wait 2 hours for the tripod to clear agricultural inspection.  When I returned home, I realized the entire ball head had been disassembled (and not reassembled very well).  Im sure the tripod drew attention as an unpacked item. The decisions of airport security seem arbitrary and so the safer mode is checked.
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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2007, 11:52:21 AM »
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Has anyone tried renting a tripod at the destination, as an alternative to gambling with TSA screeners or checked baggage? That would seem a good solution, but are there actually any places (camera stores?) that rent tripods?
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« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2007, 01:20:58 PM »
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What about shipping gear ahead of time ... say to a hotel. Does anyone do this? If so, can you offer any suggestions?
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« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2007, 01:28:34 AM »
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What about shipping gear ahead of time ... say to a hotel. Does anyone do this? If so, can you offer any suggestions?
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Unsure, but I plan to try shipping gear in advance when we go to Iceland next year.  Might post how it goes !.

Clothes I could live without (just buy them) but lack of camping gear and some camera gear could make for a horrid touring holiday.

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