Fionn Registered User
#31

i flew with Singapore airlines recently, and i brought in one bag:
1 Laptop
2 bodies
2 speedlights
3 lenses (1 being a 70-200 f2.8 IS)
batteries, chargers, cables filters etc.
god knows how much it weighed!! they didn't, either outgoing or incoming ask to weigh the bag - but i had read that notice on their website - i think if the bag is compact looking enough and it's not appearing to anchor you to the ground - you might be ok

Anouilh Registered User
#32

The 'planes are so much bigger, so more luggage can be carried, I expect.

I'm re-posting this, as it contains all the information I have on surviving with a very small hand luggage allowance:

My cameras and lenses have separate lightweight bags which I have managed to fit into a very light North Face rucksack for airline travel. The "Flyweight" range also include a larger rucksack and a duffle bag, but I chose the smallest, which weighs 10 ounces:

http://www.basegear.com/north-face-flyweight-pack.html

I intend to carry a stronger bag, stored in my checked luggage, which is heavier and also safe for use in city walks. There are also fabulous strong polynylon.sacks which protect from moisture. Combined with bubble wrap, these should make shock-proof and very lightweight systems for putting into rucksacks:
http://www.blacks.co.uk/rucksacks/compression-sacks/product/095297.html

I find the staff in the Snow and Rock shop in the Dundrum Centre extremely friendly and helpful. Rather than buy online I have been able to see anything I need before buying:

http://www.snowandrock.com/

nilhg Registered User
#33

I was in Paris for the weekend, flew with Ryanair and thought that they have become much stricter with regard to hand luggage since my last trip with them in Summer, I saw many people asked to fit their bags into the blue frame at check in desks and one guy had his weighed as well.

They are not consistent either, in Dublin my wife had to put her handbag into her travel bag before security, but there was no such restriction in Beauvais, but there she had to get it checked for size twice.

Stephen louis walsh has pie!
#34

Keep in mind that they're much more likely to weigh your bags when your flight is full, as if everyone carries the maximum sized bag they actually don't have enough room in the overhead bins and they'll try to make you check your stuff in.

spav Registered User
#35

I assume that you can't take a tripod as hand luggage? I have a Lowepro Faskpack 350, and usually strap the tripod to outside the bag - anyone know if this would be OK to take on board?

SemperFidelis Registered User
#36

All airline members of the International Air transport Association (IATA) have agreed to observe the following baggage regulations. You may carry on board the articles listed below free of charge over and above your free baggage allowance:

A lady’s handbag
An overcoat
An umbrella or walking stick
A laptop or notebook computer
A small camera
A reasonable amount of reading material for the flight
Infant’s food for consumption in flight and infant’s carrying basket
A pair of crutches and/or other prosthetic devices for the passenger’s use provided the passenger is dependent upon them

Buzz Lightyear Registered User
#37

Just back from the UK at the weekend with Ryanair. They never checked my luggage as I had pre-checked-in online, however I was not taking chances. I had my D80, 80-300VR G, 18-55, 50mm and SB600. I decieded to keep everything in one bag incl my clothes, so I packed a smaller Hanel backpack camera bag that would take the above camera gear and pack it all into my Ryanair sized suitcase. Done the job perfectly.

duffman85 Registered User
#38

Just came back from Madrid with Ryanair last night. I had a small gym bag with my camera bag and clothes inside. I was using the online check-in - bag wasn't checked in Dublin but they had the blue frame at the boarding gate on the way back in Madrid. Though they only seemed to be checking people with bags which were obviously too big or had luggage,shopping bag and handbag.

Anouilh Registered User
#39

When I bought a ticket with Aer Lingus, I did not know they had a 6 kilo limit for hand luggage.

I shall not be repeating this mistake.

PCPhoto Registered User
#40

had a run-in with airport authorities before (cant remember which airline) .....

The short version of the story is my stuff was too heavy(or I had bags everywhere) at the checkin desk - so I basically said if you want to take responsibility for several thousands worth of equipment be my guest - the equipment is not insured so I'm not allowing you to take it and put it on the plane where I would consider it unsafe....it could go missing or could be stolen, I would prefer to keep it with me so I know its safe.

if my memory is right I had a 600mm f4 couple of other lenses and flashes and a body or two and maybe some clothes ....my back was rightly fooked !!!

Covey Registered User
#41

PCPhoto said:
a body or two


No wonder they were dead stroppy

rymus Registered User
#42

PCPhoto said:
so I basically said if you want to take responsibility for several thousands worth of equipment be my guest - the equipment is not insured so I'm not allowing you to take it and put it on the plane where I would consider it unsafe....it could go missing or could be stolen, I would prefer to keep it with me so I know its safe.


Surprised you weren't denied boarding and put on the no fly list tbh

Will be mostly trying to sneak past ryanair nazi's tomorrow lunchtime with a laptop bag and a small backpack to board a flight to Slovakia. Never a problem with Aer Lingus. Normally bring on the laptop bag, backpack with clothes & camera and a jacket. Never a word said.

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Anouilh Registered User
#43

rymus said:
Never a word said.


I should hope not. You (from what I have seen of your posts so far) are a grown adult and should not have the clothes taken off your back by people who are well paid to organise a good service.

I'm horribly old fashioned, I know. I had a very Gallic struggle with a person who wanted to send my hand luggage down some chute a few years ago and my attitude was that I would jump in after it and run down the runway to redeem it, if necessary.

We sorted things out amicably...

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