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Carl Gielow

Airplane travel with two digital SLR cameras and a

I'm going to fly to Utah and then drive to Idaho and Wyoming to take photographs. I'm intending to use a backpack with two SLR digital cameras and three lenses. One lens is a 500 mm.I'm intending to have this as a carry-on. What kind of problems am I going to encounter going through security?

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7/26/2005 4:54:10 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  To qualify for carry-on the big lens will have to be in a case that does not exceed the airline's limit. Typically 22"x14"x9" but can vary. Check with your airline, or see the summary here:

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7/26/2005 5:15:57 PM

Michael H. Cothran   Airlines currently allow you two carry-on items - each must be within the defined size restraints. You are asked to store the larger of the two in the overhead bins, and the smaller one on the floor, under the seat in front of you. This is required (no exceptions) during take-off and landing. During the flight you can hold the item(s) in your lap if you wish.
Michael H. Cothran

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7/28/2005 5:41:40 AM

Michael H. Cothran   PS - To respond to your last question, you should not encounter any problems going through security. Your 500mm lens will simply go through the scanning machine along with the rest of your carry-on belongings. I presume that it will be in a case of some sort. It IS possible that an official may want to hand inspect it afterwards, but that should present no problem either, providing you don't have any contraband hidden inside the barrel!!
Michael H. Cothran

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7/28/2005 5:51:11 AM

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