Nvr ever check-in films! Always handcarry them. The handcarry X-ray is pretty film safe up to ISO 1600 (they claim). So far, the bulk of my films are ISO 100 and the only ISO 400 are negatives. No problem even after 4 passes.Originally posted by ninelives
thanks shadus. btw, any problem with your flims going through x-ray?
Currently I am using the original cardboard packing for my tripod (layered with bubble bag). But the original cardboard packing looks flimsy and I am still not sure if it is good enough for overseas travel in a backpack. Can this "cardboard tube" be bought? Is it study? tkxOriginally posted by Ian
My tripods always go in cargo
Smaller tripods such as the Manfrotto 190 etc can usually be fitted in to a suitcase anyway so damage is unlikely. It's only when you get to large tripods that problems occur. Monopods are problematic with many airlines since 9/11 and are now frequently consigned to the cargo hold.
I've yet to find an airline that doesn't have a special 'fragile goods' handling proceedure but don't abuse the system folks.
A really cheap sturdy tripod carrier for smaller lighter tripods (under about 4kg) is a cardboard tube of suitable diameter and some foam to wrap the tripod in. This is far safer than a padded tripod bag in most cases.
You should be able to get hold of a suitable tube from a specialist packaging company. Time to hit the yellow pages and see what you can find.Originally posted by Willy
Currently I am using the original cardboard packing for my tripod (layered with bubble bag). But the original cardboard packing looks flimsy and I am still not sure if it is good enough for overseas travel in a backpack. Can this "cardboard tube" be bought? Is it study? tkx
Yes, I just did with no problems at all... flew British Airways from London to Prague last week and hand carried my Gitzo Explorer G2220 on board although I did have a shoulder sling attached to it. I did take out the Ball Head and carried it separately in my Rover AW "hand luggage" together with my two bodies and four lenses. The check-in security did have a second closer look at my kit thru' the X-ray system though... I think he couldn't make out what I had in my back-pack until he zoomed in onto the screen image to confirm that all I had were camera lenses and not long cylinders filled with C-4s!!!Originally posted by kianern
Sorry, like to check any update on this issue?
Any still hand carry their tripod on board the plane?