Air Travel with Gear
Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:52 PM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:12 PM
In terms of flying them, how this theoretically works out depends on what sort of batteries they are, whether they have any form of certification, what the capacity is, and whether you say anything, they notice, and of course whether the aircraft eventually returns to earth as a cloud of smoking metal confetti liberally smeared with pieces of you.
How this actually works out depends on whether you have your camera packaged in a way that makes it look like professional equipment, and how bad a day the security people are having.
Needless to say more or less every camcorder, cellphone and laptop in the world has lithium batteries, and since a DVX is pretty much a domestic camcorder I suspect it's very unlikely you'd have a problem. That said, you would be well advised to read the actual rules from your airline on this, and get any certification paperwork your batteries have before you go.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:17 PM
I just flew on Delta with an EX1 in a Petrol soft-case, without any issues.
For your batteries, yes, you can bring them, but you need to tape off their terminals, and keep them in a safe place to avoid puncture/shorts. That's what the TSA told me at least.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 06:09 PM
I've found that soft camera cases are best for carrying camera gear on a plane as they squeeze better into the overheads.