Flying with gear? You may soon be able to keep it in the carry-on luggage thanks to new scanners

Aug 17, 2018

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Flying with gear? You may soon be able to keep it in the carry-on luggage thanks to new scanners

Aug 17, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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When you’re flying with photo gear, it’s a pretty slow process to have all your cameras, lenses and other stuff scanned separately. But here is some good news: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is currently testing new scanners that will allow you to all electronics gear in your carry-on luggage and go through the airport security without so much fuss.

The new scanners are similar to the CT scanners you’ll see in hospitals, only instead of your body, they scan your carry-on bag. Using an X-ray technology, the scanner gets hundreds of images and assembles a detailed 3D view of the items in your bag. The current scanners used at the airports only show a 2D image, so the new ones are certainly a technological improvement. But of course, what’s even more important, they will speed up the security inspections at the airports. Other than leaving your electronics where it is, you will also be allowed to leave the liquids in the carry on.

According to the Washington Post, this summer TSA is testing new computed tomography checkpoint scanners on fifteen airports throughout the U.S. In 2017, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was the first facility to receive the advanced scanning system, followed by Boston Logan and New York’s JFK. Among the airports where it’s currently tested are Washington Dulles and BWI Marshall. “TSA plans to install up to 40 units by the close of the year and more than 145 by the end of fiscal year 2019,” the Washington Post writes.

Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman said that this is the same technology as checked bags. “This can really detect explosives,” she adds. However, while you might be able to keep your gear (and liquids) in the bag, keep in mind that the amount of liquids is still limited. Also, your shoes and coat still need to be removed and put in the bins, unless you’re a part of a trusted traveler program. Still, I’d rather put the shoes and the coat in the bin and let the security be careless with my old sneakers and jacket than with my precious, precious gear. So if the new scanning system becomes widespread, I guess life will be made easier for many traveling photographers.

[via The Phoblographer, the Washington Post]

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9 responses to “Flying with gear? You may soon be able to keep it in the carry-on luggage thanks to new scanners”

  1. Adrian Gordon Avatar
    Adrian Gordon

    I travelled to Florida this year and took it all in carryon with laptop. Was t asked/didn’t have to check anything. And only the laptop had to be done separately, everything else was in the one bag, tightly packed

  2. Gayle Bevan Avatar
    Gayle Bevan

    I travel Easy Jet regularly. Never been asked to put it in the hold. Always have to get all my gear out at security to be scanned separately. No biggie.

  3. Marina Ćirović Avatar
    Marina Ćirović

    What a weird title, outside USA you never had to check it and within USA they even remind you NOT to check it because they aren’t responsible if it gets damaged ?

  4. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    I’ve hardly ever had my camera gear taken out for secondary testing. A couple of times at Heathrow and that’s about it. And been through Heathrow plenty of times without issue too.

  5. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    I use a well padded Pelican case and had no problem checking it in. It helps me with having to lug around my equipment boarding the plane.

  6. Jaret Clifton Avatar
    Jaret Clifton

    I’ve had no problems taking all my gear (including stobes) as carry on items…

  7. North Polar Avatar
    North Polar

    Or you just get TSA PreCheck and don’t have to take your electronics out, get through a different and faster security line, etc.

    I’ve flown with a ton of gear and have only had issues on my last trip with the TSA reg changes. I was a bit paranoid about having to take my gripped D850 out and put it in a different bin. But PreCheck keeps you from having to do that. If I was flying a lot still, I’d eat the $85 for (I think) 5 years of it just to save on the hassle.

    1. Tim Bambam Avatar
      Tim Bambam

      This is another part of flying I don’t understand. When I flew a couple of weeks ago from Newark to Las Vegas I was getting ready to go in the TSA line when they pointed me to Premier instead. For some reason on my outbound flight, the TSA information was missing from my ticket.
      Good thing I was flying first class. But still, it was the first time I had to remove everything from carrying on including my camera gear.
      So my question is does anybody see any difference in the equipment they are using in the TSA Precheck as compared to regular screening. Personally I do not see, a difference in the systems being used. I would love to hear others thoughts on this subject.

  8. serottarider Avatar
    serottarider

    This is an issue? I have flown all over the world numerous times with camera gear in my carry on and have never once had to have it separately scanned. I have never heard of such a thing. I just put my camera backpack on the conveyer and pick it up on the other side. Never, ever had a problem.