Traveling with a camera and / or a laptop
Be aware of how the tightened security rules affect you, especially if you are traveling with a camera and a laptop. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules restrict carry-on items to one bag and one personal item. Carry-on items such as cameras, laptops, and cell phones, may be screened more thoroughly at checkpoints.
Make sure to:
- Know in advance the airline's carry-on and checked-luggage restrictions.
- Ensure that carry-on items such as cameras, film, and laptop computers are packed so that you can quickly remove them for screening.
First, visit the airline's Web site. Look for a section on luggage limits, and travel advice.
Current guidelines allow one carry-on bag that should fit into the Size Wise (tm) container found at airport check-in locations. That means the carry-on item should weigh no more than 40 pounds and not exceed 22" x 14" x 9."
In addition to the bag, you can carry on one personal item which can be a purse (female or male variety), briefcase, computer bag, camera bag, diaper bag, and personal aid such as a wheelchair or crutches. You can also bring food that you will eat on the plane, a child-restraint device, a box or bag of duty-free items, an umbrella, a coat or jacket, and one item for reading such as a book or magazine.
You'll want to carry your camera and computer onboard with you to avoid potential damage. Of course, if you carry a camera bag and a computer bag, those two bags will take up your carry-on and personal allowance. This is where careful packing comes into play because you'll also need space for personal necessities, such as prescription medicine and immediate-use personal items in your carry-on or personal-item bag.