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SLRs on flights from the Middle east

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by birdingteacher, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. birdingteacher

    birdingteacher New Member

    Dear all

    I'm new here so I hope this is the right place to post this.

    Has anyone travelled, with SLR camera gear, on one of the flights with the restrictions on electronic gear?

    The government site states: "You can usually take camera equipment in your hand and hold luggage. There might be restrictions on specialist equipment, for example professional video cameras."

    But other sites seem to think that larger camera bodies are affected. I'm not keen to put several grands worth of gear in a hold.

    If anybody who has experienced them can shed some light I'd be very grateful.


  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    A pro-video camera is pretty big, though I have seen one taken on board as hand-luggage on a European short haul flight. I don't know how the security rules affect cameras or how they handle security. You may have some customs red tape to comply with if it is professional gear in which case you might have to have it formally ship it via an agent.

    I'd think ordinary camera gear would be carry on unless you have an enormous quantity. If you think there is a risk to it going in the hold put it in a peli-case or some such, they are fairly hard to bend, and insure everything.
  3. birdingteacher

    birdingteacher New Member

    I have travelled with the gear many times without problems, It is pro level gear but well battered and I doubt anyone will think I'm planning on selling it. It is purely the restrictions on electronic gear that worries me as the best quotes I can get on flights to Thailand are via the middle-east.
  4. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Correct me if I am wrong, but is part of the matter down to the batteries in electronic gear?
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    On flights from certain destinations there are restrictions on any electronic gear that could contain explosive - basically anything wth volume that is not normally able to be opened and is relatively common. Electronic goods, especially laptops, are considered potential malicious "fakes". The battery issue is different and arises because damaged lithium batteries can combust. Carriage is generally limited to those installed in tbe electronic equipment, it being assumed that they are "crush proof" if so protected. If you get to check in and they say no to your computer/camera etc. then it becomes a problem of what to do - basically a choice between your travel or your equipment. Is a problem for buiness travel because laptops are not easily done without and companies dislike it if they go missing for security reasons.
  6. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    At Manchester Airport at the beginning of June, my backpack with a dSLR in it was "routed" through the manual check conveyor at security. When manually checked, the dSLR was then taken from the baggage and passed through the scanner again on its own.

    Just a 30 minute additional delay and no ultimate problem. This, by the way, was general security when going airside - not connected to any particular airline or destination.

    No repeat of the experience on the return flight from Singapore.

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