Traveling with the rig
Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:49 PM
Any tips or advice would be appreciated. It's been a while since I flew with my gear.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 02:43 PM
I typically pay around $40US per trip for the extra weight.
I have my arm in a large pelican along with other accessories, so I've never had a problem with its protection during flight.
It's always best to phone the airlines before hand to get the details.
Be prepared to open up your cases to let security "swab" your gear with their substance detectors.
Hope this helps!
Posted 26 April 2006 - 02:57 PM
never flew with an ARM on board with me.. alsways in a case...
i think there also maybe some old threads speaking on this here somewhere.... erwin?? :-)
Posted 26 April 2006 - 03:44 PM
The general consensus seems to be, get it down to as few cases as possible without them being too heavy, only take the neccessary gear, take photos with you to illustrate the gear, as Marc said, and also be careful with batteries, you'll definatly need to explain them, and call the airline in advance to check all is OK is a good idea.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:33 PM
Also, don't forget to pre-assign your seats way in advance. Nothing is worse than sitting in a middle seat on a long flight between two undesireables. Happy flying. Hope you found an AC.
Posted 27 April 2006 - 04:14 PM
David...thanks for the tip on a good A.C. They asked me to find someone and then went ahead and hired someone on their own. Go figure....
Posted 27 April 2006 - 07:27 PM
Normally when I fly, I carry my arm on board with me for just the same reason you mentioned. Weight and arm safety. That gives you ample room to carry extra junk underneath. Since we're allowed two carry-ons, I take my overnight bag and the arm with me. Plus, it's fun to see how security looks at it. They treat it like some erector set bomb. Of course, you know never to mention b-o-m-b, or, a-s-s-a-u-l-t r-i-f-l-e. Go with that and I don't think you should have any problems. Good luck and happy shooting.
Posted 27 April 2006 - 11:21 PM
Posted 28 April 2006 - 03:47 AM
I'm finding that this is VERY true. I had one guy on the phone that kept putting me on hold to find out the answer to a question I had asked, and then he would come back with an answer, then put me on hold again, and then come back with a different answer. When I asked which was actually correct he said, "I'm not sure". Real helpful. The real answer is "I don't care". They act so bothered by the fact that you've called to check on airline rules. It's ridiculous. I'll call again tommorrow and try to get better info, but I'm really just planning on crossing my fingers and being really friendly on the day I fly. Anybody have a semi-reliable # for Delta that has people that have any clue what they're talking about?
Every airline I've gone through has had different rates, rules, and each person you deal with either dosen't know or has a different set of rules.