Last edited by steventay; 29th April 2013 at 03:12 PM.
Newbie in photography.
OMD EM-5, 12-50mm
I learn the hard way not to check in any valuabe items in my luggage.
Not because they are fragile and might be damaged during the handling but because of theft by the SATS luggage handlers inside Changi Airport. Theft by luggage handlers is quite rampant in Changi Airport. Every once in a while, the airport security would catch some and we would read about it in the newspapers.
I checked in my $450 Metz flash during a holiday 1.5 yrs ago only to find upon arrival at the hotel that I had lost the flash and another expensive item from my luggage. I was silly enough to use a lugguage with TSA locks which makes it easy for those thieving handlers inside Changi Airport to open my luggage with their illegally obtained master keys and take out items without having to break the locks.
The other mistake we made was to check in early which gave those thieves more time to steal things from our luggage. My friend who had used a normal luggage without TSA locks but with additional padlocks found that there was an additional unknown padlock added to his luggage. Obviously the thieves were frustrated that they could not open his luggage easily and decided to pass on their frustration by making it difficult for him to open his luggage later on.
So the lessons learned from this experience were:
When departing from Changi Airport,
1. Never use TSA locked luggage if not travelling to the US or Japan
2. Never put camera gears or expensive items inside the check-in luggage
3. Pay for the cellophane wrapping service at the airport to wrap up the check-in luggage if have to check in any valuable items in the luggage
And after the thieves are arrested and charged, don't give so light a sentence that it practically ensures others will repeat the crime.
Last edited by ricohflex; 29th April 2013 at 09:38 PM.
And make sure you are not using luggage that use zippers... It can be easily opened with a pen...
Aiya... come on lah. Anything that you find really valuable, either don't bring overseas, and if really need to, keep them near you. That is the common sense thing to do... don't really care if you pad lock your luggage or TSA lock your luggage or whatever, it can still be open (even with your Pad lock). And frankly... what I never do is,
1) Check in my camera
2) Check in my laptop (with or without harddisk - common sense, I don't use a screw driver to open my lap top casing, then pull out the harddisk, that is SOOOO troublesome, might as well just get a good laptop bag, put the laptop in and carry it with you).
3) Put expensive jewellery in my check in bags.
actually I only check in items such as my clothings, toiletry and the such.
I even keep 1 or 2 pairs of cloths in my carry on bags just in case. Call me kiasu, but I find it safer that way.
Also, since we are already in this topic, might as well caution those who want to read this old man's experience,
1) Even in carry on luggage, make sure you do a marking for it - in case anyone deliberately or not deliberately took the wrong bag from your overhead compartment.
2) When you relax, make sure you keep a lookout for your stuff... read it in newspaper (or was it online) that some one was actually kind of being robbed when in the plane. The culprit simply walk up to an unsuspecting passenger (lets call him Passenger A), open the overhead compartment and took out that passenger A's baggage. then went back to his seat. Passenger A was pretty lucky that someone suspected something wrong when he saw the culprit rampaging through that passenger A's bag and notify the air stewardess... or passenger A would have lost everything valuable in that bag.
weight being the reason is why I started straight with MFTs when moving up from P n S. I'm really not as strong like some bros here with the FF DSLRs and lenses. I even find my OMD with 12-35mm heavy at times. (yeah, I'm a wimp =.= ) but i really can't imagine lugging around kilos of equip when travelling.
add on to this.. being the kiasi singaporean, I always bring along a photocopy of my passport and store it separately from my passport, haha.
one never knows when u might lose the passport and need to prove your identity at the local embassy etc.
woh you are super good...
Newbie in photography.
OMD EM-5, 12-50mm
I think in the end, it is all about taking precautions. I have friends who had their money in handcarry backpacks stolen during flights etc. So when on flights try not to sleep unless you know your handcarry is secure. Someone can just pretend to get something from their own bag in the overhead compartment, while what they are actually doing is opening someone else's bag.
If I can, I always try to put the bag under the seat infront of me. If in overhead compartment, make it harder for any thief to open your bag. It can be as simple as putting in your bag with the zippers facing into the overhead compartments, or adding small padlock. Remember this is not check in luggage, which means any thief will have to a lot more careful due to the many people in the plane.
Other things to think about, is when you leave your luggage in hotels. In some places, hotel staff have been known to steal stuff from rooms as well. You can take precautions like using the hotel safe (some can be opened by staff as well), or locking some of your stuff into your big luggage. I like hardshell luggages, because they last a long time, good to hold stuff like tripods when checked in, and in hotels, I can lock my entire handcarry bag into the luggage including the laptop, while I put on my smaller city bag or belt system. As long as the expensive stuff is out of sight, it is 80% safer. Leaving stuff in plain view is just creating temptation for dishonest eyes.
dont check in,
airport ground crews always throw baggage around. if baggage is lost, even worse.
Was at USA 2011. My netbook with me all the while until one day, I decided to place it into luggage bag and then, into the compartment of the bus. When I use my netbook that night, got problem liao. Luckily still can use for transferring and I also got my external mouse. But for my tripod, I also check in with luggage. Too troublesome to bring onboard, just tighten it up as much as I can.
Only Sony device mostly, haha!
Sorry for asking.
For those who went overseas with tripod, do you guys check in the tripod with the luggage or carry on?
Erm I really cant understnd why people wanna check in valuable items, is it so difficult to bring up plane?
And even on plane, usually if possible just place below seat, and even then use feet/leg to hook one of the strap.
Basically 'expect' your luggage to be opened and only place what you can afford to lose into checkin.
Place at least an underwear,shorts in carryon in case luggage lost/delayed, can change feel better..