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Flying with equipment
Constance H. Halporn, Photographer
Brooklyn | NY | USA | Posted: 3:29 PM on 01.06.03
->> Hi:
I'll be flying in the Spring, and I was wondering if anyone had faced the hastle involved with checked bags, now that we are required to leave the bags unlocked
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Thomas E. Witte, Photographer
Cincinnati | OH | USA | Posted: 4:07 PM on 01.06.03
->> I don't even know how to answer that yet for two reasons. 1: I haven't had to lock anything important yet, and 2: at some airports they are checking your stuff right in front of you with the CTX scanners. They are up and in place in the ticketing area at Dayton, Columbus and LaGuardia's C terminal so far. I haven't been to any others yet to notice.

The ones that they pull aside to hand inspect, are done with you standing right there. However, my girlfriend just had her locks cut off of a bag she checked curbside. It's complicated.

The next time I fly out with the Pelican case, I plan to take my locks with me, and ask to lock it after it's CTX'ed.
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Michael J. Treola, Photographer
Neptune | NJ | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 01.06.03
->> Save yourself the hastle and ship your gear with Fed Ex or UPS. I'm no longer going to deal with the hastled at the airlport let alone running the risk of security cutting open my aircase fill of gear to only secure it with a industrial zip tie. I would go crazy if that was done without me being there. And trust me it is being searched at will with or without you and there is nothing you can do about it.

A friend of mine who is a musician had a rolling case with a Mackie Digital 8 Bus mixing console ( in excess of 20,000) opened without him there and the latches were not secured properly after the inspection behind the scene and the unit became damaged as it moved around in the fitted case. The airline insurance policy is a JOKE, thankfully he was insured but he will never travel with his gear that way anymore and neither will I.
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 4:44 PM on 01.06.03
->> Don't forget (speaking of airlines and insurance) that the airlines' required minimum compensation for lost/damaged items DOES NOT apply to photography equipment.

The airlines assume no responsibility for it. They don't have to reimburse you for it at all. And you cannot attach any excess value to the contents of a bag full of photo gear when you check it as baggage.

Even with the new TSA screening procedures, this has not changed.

That number again is 1-800-GO-FEDEX. ;-)
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 4:55 PM on 01.06.03
->> Darren:

Not all of us have FedEx accounts....some of us use 1(800)PICK-UPS (luckily I have both :0))
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 5:19 PM on 01.06.03
->> Steven:

Fedex takes credit cards. And you get a 10% discount if you use an American Express Small Business/Corporate card. :)
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Bill Frakes, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 5:47 PM on 01.06.03
->> Does anyone really believe that a small lock is going to prevent more thefts than a tie wrap does?

You are probably not in any greater danger of getting your stuff stolen now than you were before.

My concern is improper handling. I just want them inspecting the bags in front of me. Last night leaving Pittsburgh they did just that and it was great. On my way to Phoenix last week they opened a bag out of my sight, and that ended up being fine as well.

FEDEX is fine, but if you are working a lot, in different cities on consecutive days, then you are going to have to travel with the gear on the planes.

I think the best thing we can all do is be proactive.
I am trying to pack in a way that makes it easier for them to look at the stuff quickly, and with minimal handling. I haven't perfected it just yet, but I will.

I also take time to make my opinion known to people who can make a difference. For example, how nasty is it when you are in an airport that requires you to put your laptop in the same bins for the gate xray machine that others are putting muddy shoes in? A few weeks I asked a supervisor about it, and got a couple of others to do the same. This week, seperate bins. A small thing, but there has to be someplace where common sense and security don't have to collide.

This is not fun, and it's not going to get any easier.
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Thad Parsons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 4:08 PM on 01.07.03
->> Another option that I have seen mentioned would be to open a shipping account with an airline. That way, you are preapproved to ship and your equipment is not searched b/c of that (or at least that is how I understood it when I asked about it). The only problem you may run into is which airline (multiple accounts maybe?).

Just another option.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 5:28 PM on 01.07.03
->> Thad:

Airline frieght is

A) expensive
B) not always the same flight you are
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Ron Scheffler, Photographer
Toronto area (Hamilton) | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 6:03 PM on 01.07.03
->> Why does it have to be so complicated?

It seems that the method in which the scanning is being done is inconsistent... at some airports it's done in front of you, others, behind the scenes...

As I mentioned in another post regarding this topic... every time I've flown out of Germany in the past few years, it has been procedure to have to-be-checked baggage x-rayed BEFORE check-in, right in front of the check-in counter and right in front of you. That way if there is an issue, you are there to be questioned by the screeners...

Maybe the concern in the US with such a procedure is that someone will slip something from their carry-on (which is x-rayed after check-in) into their already inspected luggage... to bypass the security check. Of course, there are solutions to this potential problem.

I believe it should be possible to offer the necessary security without inflicting even more inconvenience on travelers.

That said, when I have to fly, I will still check-in my gear... If it is stolen, so be it... that is why I have insurance.

Maybe this can be an added feature to "the guide": airports and how the security screening is being implemented. That way, photographers can be better informed about the issues they might face at a given airport, with the information found in a unified form, rather than having to search through these messages.
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Brian Hamfeldt, Photographer
Lakesite | TN | USA | Posted: 12:55 AM on 01.09.03
->> Here's a loophole that NWA has - maybe others do to:

"All firearms must be in a suitable container/crush proof container manufactured specifically for firearms or in a hard sided suitcase.

Passenger must verbally declare firearm is unloaded. NW requires firearm unloaded tag be signed by passenger. Tag must be placed inside of luggage containing firearm. No exterior tag nor notice of firearm may appear on case. Case must be locked and only the passenger may retain the key or combination. NW/KLM personnel will not unload or handle firearms. Gun and ammunition may be in the same piece of luggage. However, ammunition must be within its own packaging. "

Luckily I shoot with Canon - I wonder if that 'qualifies' as a gun as it does in most language translators.

Good luck...
Brian
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Thad Parsons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 2:52 AM on 01.09.03
->> Actually the gun regulation could be a good option for those that may go shooting with more than one instrument on occasion. Then again, what are you going to do with that gun when you get to the arena? I do not think that the arena staff are going to like you having a gun. I can see it now...I have this so that I can lock my equipment on the plane, not to kill anyone here!
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Glenn Campbell, Photographer
London | LON | UK | Posted: 7:36 AM on 01.09.03
->> What is all the fuss about. You check it in and it arrives at the other end. If anything goes wrong you call the insurance company and get it sorted out.

I fly 200K + miles a year on average or 4 times a week throughout Europe and my bags have arrived late only once in the past 6 months. I made the connection but checked baggage was next day.

I'm one of those photographers who does not pack every single thing I own for a trip. Pack the Domke with 2 bodies. 80-200, 20-35, batteries, disks, film, passport, psion, that's is all it can take, laptop in another bag the 400 2.8 in hard case and it goes with clothing in the aircraft hold.

These high powered x-ray machines have been in Europe for around 7 years. If you are travelling through England or most EU countries now, no matter which airline you are on, there is a OUT OF GAGE BELT (fragile checked baggage belt) somewhere in the airport. This is seperate to all other lines under the terminal for baggage as it is softer belts with padded sides. Baggage is x-rayed in front of you and you see it go on its way afterwards. Any problems with it, it is then opened in front of you and you always lock it and keep the keys. Ask about it at your local airport, they might have one.

Well got to go flying to Hamburg this afternoon.
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Rich Pilling, Photographer
New York | NY | U.S.A. | Posted: 9:02 AM on 01.09.03
->> THAD: Your assumption that you'll collect money from your insurance company if your gear is lost or stolen is not very good. You might not get enough money back to replace everything that was lost, considering deductibles and the higher cost of repalcement equipptment. But the real concern here is that you probably will NOT be able to complete your assignment.

BILL: In an earlier post you mentioned that saftey is why the TSA implemented these regulations, and that is paramount. I also agree with you 100% that IMPROPER handling is my primary concern. We all want our gear to last and make great effort to insure that it does. That's why I am a strong opponent of shipping via UPS or FEDEX whenever you can. Fortunately, I usually have enough time to do this. I feel for you and the others who can't do this.
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Thad Parsons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 11:52 AM on 01.09.03
->> I agree, I do not trust my insurance to completely cover anything...this goes for my equipment, my car, my shoes, ...

Between here and RobGalbraith.com, I have seen a lot of people just saying "Oh well, my insurance better be payed." In my opinion this is a bad bet. Plus, I would start to check insurance policies to see what types of thefts that they cover. For instance, some insurance policies do not cover your car if you do not lock it and it gets stolen.
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 11:55 AM on 01.09.03
->> Stephen:

Just to debunk the "air freight is expensive" myth:

One 80-lb large lightware case, Austin to Phoenix:

Southwest Airlines Cargo, Next Flight Guaranteed, non-stop flight, dropped off at the airport in Austin before my (American) flight leaves, already at the airport in Phoenix when my flight arrives:

75 cents per pound, or about $60.00.

Checked as overweight baggage on American: $80.00

FedEx standard overnight, from my house to the hotel: $183.60

FedEx Priority overnight: $203.50

Besides, don't your clients reimburse your costs for shipping necessary equipment?

Also, Thad, with regard to the gun thing: Only the gun itself (and ammo) can be in a locked case, specifically designed for carrying a gun. That locked case then goes in your suitcase, which can still be opened, unlocked, and (pardon the pun) rifled through.

Also, I absolutely agree with Rich: Insurance isn't going to help you complete your assignment when you arrive if your gear has been lost, stolen, or broken.
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Chris Faytok, Photographer
Woodbridge | NJ | USA | Posted: 1:34 PM on 01.09.03
->> FYI, I flew Jet Blue this weekend JFK to Oakland.. they were weighing CARRY ON bags, and anything over their NEW policy of 20 pounds, they would not allow to be carried on the plane. There were shooters removing cameras and lenses at the ticket counter to lighten the load so that they didnt have to check their bags.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 2:44 PM on 01.09.03
->> Darren:

Wow, Southwest is cheap!

I had looked into Delta's "DASH" (air freight) service and American Airlines service as well. Both airlines quoted me around $230 each way to ship a 400f2.8 in a trunk. The FedEx rate was around $140 (first overnight, by 8:AM)
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 2:47 PM on 01.09.03
->> Darren:

I left one detail out....as for client reimbursing me, I often send myself to assignments as an agency photog. Yes I usually travel on assignment, where I am reimbursed for my expenses, but not always.

The more cash I can save, the more profit I have in the end when traveling on my own dime.
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Glenn Campbell, Photographer
London | LON | UK | Posted: 3:00 PM on 01.09.03
->> Insurance cover is what you ask for and you pay for that coverage.

I have world wide insurance for my equipement to the value of $32000.00 which costs $88.00 per month. It took 3 days to find a company that would insure press photographers in the UK and the outcome was only 2 companies would offer a policy to me. Press photographers in Europe are high risk business to the insurance industry and we pay the cost in our coverage.

I am covered for everything from theft from my car, rental car, hotel room, airport, lost in transit. The insurance company will replace with new and will pay for rental of equipment until mine has been found by the airline if required or on the production of a police report to the theft. If stolen I have to wait 3 weeks until I can replace with new.

My advice is to look around and find a insurance company that deals with press photographers. They know your business and will propose a policy that best suits your working practice.
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 3:11 PM on 01.09.03
->> Steven:

Yeah, Southwest can be pretty cheap. Keep in mind that the rate varies with distance, but I don't think I've ever made a Next Flight (which is flight specific, similar to Delta DASH and American Priority Parcel) shipment for more than $1.00 per pound or so. I rarely ever need to use it, since they also offer a Rush Priority option which guarantees 24-hour arrival for even less. Even with the Rush option, I've found my gear goes on the first available flight out. Even better, Southwest usually assigns flights, even for regular freight shipments, when you tender your shipment. (none of this, "yeah, we'll get it there eventually" crap.) Most agents can tell you exactly when your shipment will arrive when you ship it. If it's an NFG shipment, that's 100% guaranteed. Rush or regular freight is not guaranteed to the flights they initially route it on, but I think I've had it changed in mid-stream on me maybe three times in 5 years.

They're the best in the business, and they've been a Godsend for me, my time, my back, and the client's budget. The current state of affairs only makes them an even better option.

Just remember you have to set up an account and have your "known shipper" status verified first.
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Ron Scheffler, Photographer
Toronto area (Hamilton) | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 4:24 PM on 01.09.03
->> Glenn:

Seeing as you travel extensively within Europe, what kind of challenges do you face in transporting equipment? From my understanding, checked baggage is restricted to one piece at 22 kg, carry-on between 6-8 kg, also one piece... please enlighten us.

Photographers in the US/Canada have it pretty good with often two checked bags at 32kg (although I think NW has reduced their allowance) and carry-on in the US can be as much as 20kg... But as Chris discovered, not always the case... but it shouldn't be a surprise coming from a discount carrier.

Ron
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Robert G. Stevens, Photographer
Halifax | NS | Canada | Posted: 4:52 PM on 01.09.03
->> In regards to air cargo, keep in mind that the volume counts more than the weight when the rates are figured out. I once sent a complete Rollei Sl66 kit with two bodies and three or four lenses to Hong Kong from Halifax, nova Scotia for about $50 including $5,000 insurance. It took 1 1/2 days to get to Hong Kong.

I went to the local hardware store, bought a $13 plastic toolbox and stuffed all the gear into that with foam packing. I wraped the box in a sheet of cardboard and lots of duct tape. It was quite heavy (12-15lbs), but the airline was more interested in the volume, not the weight. For each volume they have a quite liberal weight limit.

For my 400mm F2.8, I just check it. I found one of those hypalon waterproof kayak bags that it fits in snugly. It ensures it doesn't have the lid pop open and keeps the wear on the case to a minimum.

On my last flight to Toronto, for the Vanier cup, I just carried on the 400mm in the Trunk case. I had my cameras with me too as carry on. When the lens went through the security scanner, the technician just said "wow that is a big lens" . They didn't ask me to open it. They did check my carry on full of cameras though. I am sure a Quantum battery probably looks a little suspicious on the X-ray.
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Stephen Lance Dennee, Photographer
Paducah | KY | USA | Posted: 9:04 AM on 01.10.03
->> One I have seen while scanning this subject is the use of FEDEX and UPS. That would be good to avoid the hastle at the airport. But, I worked at the main UPS hub in Louisville while freelancing (good insurance). Anyhow, the supervisors chew a unload person out for tossing things around when there are other bosses around. When noone is though they just yell faster, faster and the packages fly. Anyhow, you are taking a chance of damaged goods via express shipping.
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Rich Pilling, Photographer
New York | NY | U.S.A. | Posted: 9:11 AM on 01.10.03
->> Of course you always need to pack your gear properly, no matter how you ship it. You think the baggage handlers at the airport are any more gentle with your bags?
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Glenn Campbell, Photographer
London | LON | UK | Posted: 10:35 AM on 01.10.03
->> Ron,

In business you are allowed 30kg checked bags and 2 cabin with max weight of 18kg (British Airways) but not all airlines have the same. If you travel down the back it is 23kg checked and 5kg carry on. Excess baggage charges we won't go there ($1800.00 USD both ways) for Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

All low cost airlines are very hard on carry on weight and size. I have used them once and four years ago, I had to buy a seat for my camera bag. I do know alot of photographers who use low cost airlines but it all depends on the person checking you in.

With my newspaper we have a union agreement where we travel business class on all flights under 9 hours and first for anything above. But that has changed recently, all new staff are expected to travel down the back. But if the boys in Tokyo have a new boy with them, they give him all checked baggage to check-in and is excess baggage charge is more than a business class ticket so they upgrade his ticket and get the excess charges dropped.

There is no hand searching of film, it must all go through x-ray machine, laptops must be switched on in front of security in Germany. With most other European countries the they only x-ray your carry on stuff. All hold baggage has been x-rayed for the past 5 years or so.

Security has been tight for years and we are used to it. If you have ETA (Spain) and not so much now the IRA (UK), airport security has always been tight even if it does not look so. You can still turn up 45min before an international departure and go shopping in the terminal, on most flights they close the check-in 20 minutes before departure and the gate at +10.

My best advice is don't let flying stress you out, it is my car in the air. Think of check-in as waiting in line for gas and customs as the pay-toll, always set aside extra time as if it is rush hour. Don't turn up and expect just because you are a photographer and a member of the press they will bend over backwards to help. They don't.

I did fly out of Toronto on the 22nd December last year and after my Air Canada flight from Quebec City was 1 hour late arriving in, I still got the British Airways to London turning up with 15 minutes to departure. My bags arrived xmass eve.

Flying is the easy bit these days. A UK 3pm kickoff in soccer is midnight in Tokyo. They want a picture at 3:10 in Tokyo for last edition at 00:30. It's raining you are sitting on the touch line, screen getting wet, everyone is on their mobile phone and you cannot get a line off the network to send one picture. That is the stress bit of the job these days.
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Ron Scheffler, Photographer
Toronto area (Hamilton) | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 9:10 PM on 01.10.03
->> Glenn:

Thanks for the reply.. I was curious how you'd get around a 23 kg check-in and 6 kg carry on limit... I guess business class is one solution (however not for me).

I fly to Munich or Frankfurt at least a few times per year, and am aware of and can appreciate the security procedures and how well it all flows. But coming in from the Americas, check-in allotment is never an issue, at least for me.

Still wondering why the FAA/TSA chose to do the baggage screening after check-in, behind the scenes..? Maybe space is an issue? The CTXs are pretty big.
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Rich Pilling, Photographer
New York | NY | U.S.A. | Posted: 9:16 AM on 01.13.03
->> Dear all: I just receieved this notice from ASMP and wanted to share it.

Re: Air Travel Security Regulations

As the result of ongoing discussions with the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA), ASMP provides the following information:

In regard to locked bags:
… Equipment cases may be locked.
… When you arrive at the airline's ticket counter to check your bags, you will be asked if your bags are locked. When you answer "Yes" you will be handed a TSA notice requesting that for security reasons you
unlock your bags.
… Ask for a TSA supervisor or air carrier supervisor and identify yourself through your business card and ASMP membership card as a working professional photographer. Let them know that your cases are
locked, however, give them your name and cell phone number in the event that the cases need to be opened. Also, make sure that your Passenger Name Record includes a notation of your professional status and that you are available to open the cases for inspection.
… Place a sticker on your cases with your name and cell phone number indicating that you are available to unlock the cases.
… Place a notice inside each case indicating that the contents represent sensitive professional equipment and that you would appreciate all care with inspection and repacking.
… TSA does not want to damage your cases, however they may want to inspect the contents. Be patient, be polite, and be professional.

In regard to inspection of film:
… Do not place unprocessed film in checked baggage.
… Ask for hand inspection.
… Carry a copy of TSA policy statement located at:
http://www.tsa.dot.gov/public/display?theme=56
… Carry your ASMP membership card and business card.
… If refused hand inspection, ask for a TSA supervisor.
… Be patient, be polite, and be professional.
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Jim Bourg, Photographer
Medford | MA | USA | Posted: 1:37 PM on 01.13.03
->> Has anyone approached the airlines corporate offices or heard if the ASMP has done so to appeal the new baggage weight rules for photographers?

In the past I have been able to get out of excess baggage charges at times (or at least have them decreased) by mentioning to them that I am a photographer and asking them to apply the policy that they have for photographers and news crews. The airline check-in personnel that have looked this up in their company baggage regulations or known about it (the two airlines that come to mind are US Air and American) have said more than once that they apply it to TV news crew gear on a regular basis and that it is meant mainly for those TV crews travelling with many cases of gear. But more than once I have succeeded in getting some lee-way for my own baggage by bringing this "media baggage policy" concept up.

I admit I do not know the details of these policies that I have fallen back on. Does someone here know exactly what airlines already had "media baggage" policies and has anyone discussed such baggage policies with any airlines in light of the recent negative changes in weight restrictions, etc? Seems like something that ASMP might want to do considering their discussions with the TSA mentioned above.

Jim
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 2:15 PM on 01.13.03
->> Jim,

I can't speak for all of them, since I fly American pretty much exclusively. Most US major airlines, though, have policies buried deep within the bowels of their computer systems for exceptions to their baggage allowances and fees.

American's "media" policy is $50.00 for each piece over 70 pounds but below 100. You can usually get it by asking for the "photo/sound equipment rate." Since this policy isn't exactly invoked all the time, however, many agents don't know about it. If the agent you are dealing with insists that no such policy exists, politely direct them to
"N*DBAG[space]P7" in their computer (this is what's known as a "star file" to American employees). It should clear up any problems.

I've written to American about what, if any, changes will occur if and when it lowers the weight allowance on bags, but have not heard back yet (and since that policy is on hold indefinitely I'm not too worried about it for now). I'll let you know what I hear.
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Mike Isler, Photographer, Student/Intern
Santa Barbara | CA | US | Posted: 4:07 PM on 01.13.03
->> Is there any way that the different policies for each airline could be integrated into The Guide? Some airline websites mention the policies, others simply provide a contact # or e-mail address...some provide nothing.

If this information would be available in the Guide... weight limits for media, credential requirements (is NPS and a business card enough?), additional fees, etc...that would be a GREAT help.
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Thad Parsons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 11:00 PM on 01.14.03
->> I have searched around the web a little and have not been able to discover how to set up a "known shipper" account for any of the major airlines. Is this something that one needs to call them and discuss over the phone? in person? or can it be done on the web? Esp for Southwest?
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 11:44 PM on 01.14.03
->> Thad:

Go here for Delta's air frieght service (DASH)

http://www.delta.com/prog_serv/cargo/forms_applications/vership_registratio...
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 12:19 AM on 01.15.03
->> And for Southwest, go here:

http://www.swacargo.com/cargo/cargoapp.pdf

Southwest also offers (at least, they did when I first set my account up) what they call a "non-billable known shipper" account, which means you have to pay for each shipment when you tender it. It's less of a hassle to get, since it doesn't require a credit application. The phone reps should be able to help you out with this.

Either way (and this should apply to establishing any air cargo account post 9/11/01) your place of business will have to be visited by a representative from the airline before you will be given "verified shipper" status.
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 7:51 AM on 01.20.03
->> OK, you asked for it...(well, somebody asked for it):

Just in time for the Super Bowl...American's new domestic baggage policy is now officially in effect. And here it is:

Free checked baggage allowance: 2 pieces, maximum weight 50 lbs. (23kg) each.

If either of those two pieces is between 51 and 70 lbs (+23-32kg): $25.00 per overweight piece.

If either of those two pieces is between 71 and 100 lbs (+32-45kg): $50.00 PLUS the original $25.00 for a total of $75.00 per overweight piece.

For EXCESS pieces (i.e., after you've gone beyond your 2-piece limit) weighing up to 100 lbs:

$80.00 per excess piece under 50 lbs.

$105.00 per excess piece between 50-70 lbs.

$130.00 per excess piece between 70-100 lbs.

HOWEVER, the "Photo/Sound Equipment" rate detailed above (N*DBAG P7) still applies upon the passenger's request, for a discounted rate of $50.00 per piece, even for excess pieces between 50-100 lbs. Be prepared to show credentials identifying yourself as a member of the news media.

Over 100 lbs: must go via Air Cargo.

The policy only applies to tickets purchased AFTER December 4, 2002.

Brad and Rich, you'll be happy to know that golf clubs are exempted from the $25.00 charge, provided the bag weighs less than 70 lbs. (Maybe we should start shipping our light stands in golf bags?)
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 2:39 PM on 01.23.03
->> ...And just in time for those of you flying back from the Super Bowl, United has announced the following change to its baggage policy, effective January 26:

Maximum free baggage allowance: 2 pieces, maximum weight 50 lbs. each.

For each of those two pieces, between 51-99 lbs: $25.00

For each additional piece, regardless of weight (but below 100 lbs), $80.00

All pieces over 100 lbs: air freight only.

According to United customer service, the airline does not offer a media discount rate.
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Bill Frakes, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 2:48 PM on 01.23.03
->> Next time you deal with United ask them to check in their system under S*Bag/Misc. I only fly with them occassionally, but this has always worked in the past.

The rate has been the same as American's. $ 50.00 per bag.
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Bill Frakes, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 2:50 PM on 01.23.03
->> Darren:

Is American giving you an extra bag since you are an Executive Platinum?
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 3:08 PM on 01.23.03
->> Nope. 2 checked bags is it.

But you knew that, right? You just like twisting that knife a little further...

You Platinum Deltoids are all alike... :-)
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 3:23 PM on 01.23.03
->> Anyone have Delta's new baggage rates, or is it stil $35 for Professional Photo/Video/Audio Equipment?

I have two extra lens trunks going under (which is odd because I have to beg CPS for bodies when I get there) Can I use Nikon bodies with Canon lenses if I use gaffers tape? :0)
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Bill Frakes, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 4:53 PM on 01.23.03
->> Delta does let Platinums check three. They are charging $ 50.00 per bag after your limit, be that two or three.

Since I am Platinum on both Delta and American I can compare the programs easily from personal experience. Each has its merits, but on the baggage issue, Delta is much easier to deal with.

Has the blade come out the front yet?
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