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#1 Markus Rave

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 07:56 AM

I will be shooting in Dubai this month and want my harness in the cabin, since I don´t have a case it fits in. Will the airlines accept the harness onboard? Any size restrictions? Will be flying Emirates. Anyone has experience with that kind of situation?

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#2 WalterKlassen

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 09:03 AM

Hi Markus,


I don't know about the hand luggage regulations for Emirates but generally you have to check the harness as baggage. You don't need any additional cases though. The harness bags that you have is designed and used for air travel as luggage.

If anyone has any other suggestions that would be great to know.


Vielen Gruesse <--- hope I got that right

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#3 WalterKlassen

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 11:05 AM

one more suggestion Walter had is to take the carbon arm off the harness and pack it in the leather arm-bag and then pack that inside your harness bag. This makes everything more compact and protects the knobs on the arm. Then you are good to fly


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#4 Simon Jayes

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 12:24 PM

Dear Markus,

Even in its soft case, I got really nervous seeing my $8500 vest coming down the baggage carousel...........

Check out the model 350 case from Pelican, it's a perfect fit. It is also airtight so after the job there is room for shoes & socks :wacko:

http://www.pelican.com/products.html
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#5 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 02:41 PM

Markus,

Like Simon stated, I don't like sending my harness with just the bag.
There is NO WAY there is enough protection there to keep the goons
in the airlines from potentially destroying your harness when they
toss it or stack hundreds of pounds of luggage weight ON TOP of it.

I'm not sure how big you are, but, I'm not a huge guy, so I was able to
make mine fit in the carry on section of the airlines. I've flown international
with it that way. But it just BARELY fit and was snug. But I left the carbon arm on.
Removing it should work.

But if I can't take it with me, because of other carryon bags,
I bought a large Pelican case for it. It fits easily with
room to spare for other knick knacks.
The Pelican case alone weighs like 40 pounds.
The Vest is another 12-13.
So I packed another 10 or so pounds worth of stuff
in there (mostly clothes and other soft items) Making
the case about 65 or so pounds. 70 is the limit.
Makes the vest nice and safe, plus it's too heavy for the goons
to toss it.

Michael

Some use an "Action Packer" case that's relatively cheap and strong too.
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#6 WillArnot

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 12:18 AM

Yes. The "Action Packer" is made by Rubbermaid, the AP being it's sturdiest line of simple plastic tub containers. I have only seen the AP line in one color scheme with a black tub, grey lid (sturdy), and two big red handle latches. This is a very lightweight but strong, and more compact option than the more expensive and heavier Pelican option. The Action packer has no foam or anything but a simple piece in the bottom is all you need. Take the carbon arm off as suggested & put the vest in first, back side down flat on the foam bottom. You can then fill the tub with the soft WK bag and clothes etc. This comes to more like 30 lbs and will cost you only $40 USD for the tub if that.

I use electrical ties to keep the big handle latches closed, they have holes there for this purpose. Then I tape the lid and latches with Duct tape a couple of times, don't cheap out on the tape.

This is a great way to fully protect your investment and what I do any time I am shipping or flying Walter's vest.
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Posted 03 December 2004 - 12:07 PM

I have a slightly far fetched solution but it might work. Simply where the vest onto the plane, you could say that you have broken ribs and the vest is keeping your bones from exploding outa your chest. Then when on the plane just slip it of when nobody is looking.

good luck
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#8 Markus Rave

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 06:59 AM

Thank you for your input.

Despite Jennifer´s advice to be safe with the bag, I think I just can´t do it. I will check a Pelicase 1620 tomorrow. If they quote the measurements right this will be a perfect fit for the vest together with the carbon arm and my working clothes. Another plus is that the case rolls like a trolley with wheels and a handle. Maybe I am a little overprotective but I simply love my gear and due to that it has not seen very many scratches during the years. I want to keep it like that :) Never fell either (knock on wood) .....

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#9 Markus Rave

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 08:03 AM

For anyone who might be interested. I bought a Pelicase 1620. My harness is a little taller than the standard, hips around 35" and it was a perfect fit. Snugs right in there the arm detached. A big plus is the handle that is collapsible and the rollers underneath. Only drawback the weight is over 20 lbs. That adds up.

Markus
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