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« on: January 28, 2014, 23:07 »
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Does anyone know how many spare DSLR batteries (Canon LP-E6) I can carry on United Airlines? I intend to have 2 extra, plus one in camera.

Thanks.


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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 23:31 »
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 23:46 »
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http://blog.tsa.gov/2013/06/travel-tips-tuesday-safely-packing.html TSA Blog


Thanks! I assume I am ok. Just does not want to get my genuine Canon batteries confisticated.

« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 23:51 »
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For what it's worth, I keep four spare batteries in my carry-on camera bag plus the one in the camera.  Never had a problem with Security.

« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 00:51 »
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 00:53 »
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For what it's worth, I keep four spare batteries in my carry-on camera bag plus the one in the camera.  Never had a problem with Security.

Thanks, great to know!

« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2014, 10:48 »
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I have traveled many times with my three batteries - one in the camera and two spare in the camera bag - and I've never had TSA even open the camera bag (which is inside a rolling backpack as it goes through security)

« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2014, 11:33 »
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We once travelled 3 photogs with all our gear. One of the guys brought at heavy backpack, with all kinds of heavy and voluminous lenses and bodies. He was the pro.
The two of us were not searched, but he was.
They looked through all his lenses and checked the backpack for everything.
That leads me to conclude, they suspected that we camouflaged something with photo equipment, and interesting enough, they looked at the heavy stuff, where volumes of things could have been hidden.

Annoying? not really, they were nice, and something could have been hidden there. Put together the lenses would be able to contain a bazooka.
 

« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2014, 13:02 »
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We once travelled 3 photogs with all our gear. One of the guys brought at heavy backpack, with all kinds of heavy and voluminous lenses and bodies. He was the pro.
The two of us were not searched, but he was.
They looked through all his lenses and checked the backpack for everything.
That leads me to conclude, they suspected that we camouflaged something with photo equipment, and interesting enough, they looked at the heavy stuff, where volumes of things could have been hidden.

Annoying? not really, they were nice, and something could have been hidden there. Put together the lenses would be able to contain a bazooka.

I will carry 4-5 lenses, but the rest of the luggage will be light. No securities ever searched my luggages except once a curious guy in Malaysia.

« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2014, 17:34 »
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I've had my equipment checked, especially when I travel with big lenses, but never anybody took a closer look at batteries. But I never carried more than three.

« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2014, 19:09 »
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I seemed to hear rumors that US airlines only allowed 2 batteries a few years ago, that was why I wondered.

« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2014, 19:44 »
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The issue is checked vs. carry-on luggage and relates specifically to lithium ion batteries.  If the connectors on two batteries touch it can start a fire.  That's a particular danger in checked bags, since the extinguishers in the luggage compartment can't put it out and it's difficult or impossible for the crew to get down there during a flight.  If a short happens in the passenger compartment, there's a much better chance of dealing with it before it puts anyone at risk.

ShadySue

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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2014, 19:49 »
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Thanks for this thread. I'd never even thought of the issue, and generally just throw my batteries into the lid of my camera bag.  :-[

« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2014, 20:16 »
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Does anyone know how many spare DSLR batteries (Canon LP-E6) I can carry on United Airlines? I intend to have 2 extra, plus one in camera.

Thanks.

i travel all the time with 8 batteries and have never been questioned.  This is my carry on. In fact I am flying for work on Sunday with Unites Airlines and I will be bringing cameras.  I'll let you know how that goes.  Yes, I have to work on Superbowl Sunday.

« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2014, 22:49 »
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I've flown with 5 a number of times in carry on - no problem.

« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2014, 17:28 »
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Just a little story.

I was picked once in American Airlines to have my checked baggage inspected. I had a AA-battery charger with the batteries in it. They asked me to separate batteries and charger. I think it is unlikely this could be a real problem, but anyway.

« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2014, 13:21 »
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I traveled all last week. I had a backpack full of anything important. Lenses, hard drives, cameras, filters, cords, chargers, paperwork, batteries, bug repellant, sunscreen, garbage bags, little sandman from Star Wars, underwear (always underwear because I seem to get stranded a lot.) and much more. (It still will fit under the seat too.)

I also carried my laptop bag, which, once the 17" laptop is out in a separate tray, holds a magazine, book, jammies and little headphones. THAT'S ALL.

Guess which got pulled out EVERY time for second screening.

Yep,
Laptop bag. I guess my nighty is suspicious.

Camera bag with every gadget known to photographer sailed through every time.

Go figure  8)


 

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