I'll be going on an airplane ride soon, and am carrying a fair bit of camera gear, which basically sees a DSLR with grip, a wide angle and a mid-range telephoto lens, a flash, a compact PnS with waterproof casing, two sets of batteries for everything, and a Manfrotto 055 tripod with head.
I will also have a 14 inch notebook PC with me that I would carry-on. My airline has a 7kg carry-on luggage limit, which I think I will hit comfortably since my notebook weighs in at 2.2kg, and the tripod and head is 3kg. That leaves less than 2kg for the other stuff.
Would the tripod have to be checked-in? Some people that I've asked are of the opinion that the airline counter staff might deem it part of a weapon used for forcibly taking over the airliner, or part of a bazooka, or something. Did anyone try to bring their tripod on board with them?
My stuff, while heavy, have a relatively small form factor for the weight, can I get away with going heavier than the limit, since all that I carry are high-value, fragile items that I would like to keep with me?
Hope that the frequent air travellers among us can fill me in on some details, though I am aware that the airline's degree of tolerance of overweight luggage varies from airline to airline (I'm going Singapore Airlines economy) as well as from person to person. Tips and tricks to gain extra baggage allowance would be very welcome too......
Oh, and the check-in luggage allowance would already be maxed, I simply cannot place any of the abovementioned items into that side of the equation.