100 dollars each way insured is cheap.
I would think the most popular case used in our industry is the Pelican 1650 case. I fly with 3 of those, one tripod tube case for the Steadicam stand and the AKS tray and wheels, and my Klassen vest bag. I hand carry my personal carry on and a foldable kart that everything fits onto to roll around the airport and save on SkyCap fees.
I have insurance on my gear, so I never have to pay for additional insurance when flying or shipping, that's all covered by my policy. If you have a policy, or when you get a policy, check it out, it might be covered. On the Secret Millionare and Buried Treasure shows I worked on, production would fly us on whatever airline was cheapest for the most part, most of which did away with the media rate, for instance US Airways was $1250 each way for my 5 pieces, try that on for shock value when my flights themselves were about $300 each way.
I even offered production a way to save a lot of cash, where I would pay for a first class upgrade which cost about 200 each way and that would entitle me to 3 bags with a higher weight limit and save production 500 bucks even after they paid for the 1st class upgrade...they declined...so I sat happily in couch while they paid 1250 each way for...about a dozen flights!!, Their excuse, The Execs would never go for paying for my 1st class upgrade, no matter what it cost them in ancillary fees like luggage, etc.. Sometimes they just can't see the bottom line figures until it's too late.
Kind of reminds me of a job where the catered lunch was absolutely un healthy and horrible, and they said they couldn't afford a better caterer, yet the 3 execs flew in first class each week and had a car service pick them up and stayed in a separate high end hotel...Doesn't it all come out of the same Bottom line budget number?.....
Oh Boy I've swerved away from topic again...sorry
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