Uh Oh – They Weighed My Carry-On Luggage..!

If you’re reading the blog posts in chronological order, you’ll know I had a less than pleasing travel experience a few days ago on a flight to the Yukon. It seems that air travel is only destined to get more complicated, and on my return flight to British Columbia this morning with Air North (actually I’m writing this on the plane), I had another experience that’s worth talking about. In this instance I ran up against the dreaded carry-on luggage weight limit. I’ve flown a lot in my career and in well over a decade of flight you can count …

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Flying in Canada? You Need to Know This About Transport Canada’s New Security Procedures, or You Might Lose Your Laptop

I generally enjoy the process of flying to, from or through Canada’s airports. They are usually friendly, efficient places to be, and travel normally seems hassle free. Unfortunately, Transport Canada has just dropped the ball in a big way, and if you’re not prepared for it, you may end up having a frustrating experience and potentially have someone walk off with your laptop. The system at fault is the new hand luggage screening process that is currently being implemented in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. At the moment I’m not sure if it will be more widespread than that, but …

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Flying With Photography Gear

Hey guys! Over on my photography educational website, Shutter Muse, I’ve posted an absolutely MONSTER SIZED guide to flying with your photography gear.   I don’t cross post everything here from my personal blog, but I put a ton of time, effort and experience into this one and people seem to be really appreciating it already. You’ll learn: How to pack your gear How to fly with film How to fly with flash batteries What paperwork you need to take with you + carry on baggage info for 30+ airlines I’ll even tell you the story about how I delayed …

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Travel Tip : Traveling With Pelican Cases

Today I have a quick tip for you if you are going to travel with camera equipment in Pelican cases.  These types of cases provide excellent protection for any gear that needs to travel in the hold of the aircraft, but people know that expensive equipment lies within.  They can become a target for theft and also draw time consuming attention from customs officials who want to see what you have in the case.  My solution for this issue is a simple one, simply place my Pelican case inside a large duffel bag.  The one I use came from Eddie …

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Flying with an Elinchrom Ranger

This morning I was woken up at 4am by someone hammering on my front door. I was ecstatic. Why? Because the guy who was banging 7 shades out of my door, was also carrying my pelican case full of flash equipment that I had last seen at Queenstown airport in New Zealand 4 days ago. If you own and travel with an Elinchrom Ranger (or similar batery powered flash) then you would be advised to read on. Let’s face it, if you put a Ranger through an x-ray scanner at an airport , it’s going to trigger some alarms. And