I just read Scott Kelby’s blog post about having to remove his DSLR from his camera bag when going through airport security in Minneapolis. Got me thinking about the security line dance performance I already do and have worked hard to perfect. I thought I was fairly clever putting my quart-size bag of 3-oz bottles of liquids in my laptop bag, so I only have to open section of one bag to remove all the items that have to go solo through the xray. (However, I have been directed not to put the liquid and the electronic items in the same gray bin.) Now I’m trying to figure out how to add removing my DSLR will fit into this delicate ballet.
Of course the main issue, somewhat ironically, is security. While all reasonable people want to do what they can to increase airline security, this is the moment where you expose your most expensive possessions to both a) immediate theft and b) reconnaissance by potential thieves. The former can be mitigated by sending the electronics through last. My routine: bin 1 is coat and shoes, then suitcase, then laptop bag, then bin 2 with liquids (which go penultimately because of their proximity to the laptop in the bag not their value. I mean I like my shampoo, but…), and bin 3 with laptop. I don’t even want to talk about the time I felt I needed to take two laptops. As for the latter issue of showing it all off to those bent on thievery? Well, who am I kidding, the whole package travels around in my awesome LowePro CompuDayPak.
Anyway, depending no doubt on which airports I travel through, looks like I may just have to write my camera in to the show. Thanks for the heads up, Scott.