Carry camera bags onto planes again
AUGUST'S alleged terrorist bomb plot around planes leaving UK airports led to restrictions on photographers' cabin baggage. One photographer at September's LFB meeting reported being unable to board with a camera bag. Snappers were taking expensive trains to Paris and catching long-haul flights from there, to avoid valuable equipment being checked in and then damaged in transit. Protests, including a speech by Last Night of the Proms conductor Mark Elder, produced concessions allowing musicians to carry instruments on.
NUJ Freelance Organiser John Toner wrote to Home Secretary John Reid, Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander and the British Airports Authority. Before any of them replied, John announced at October's LFB meeting that restrictions had been lifted for everyone - so long as your kit fits in one bag 56cm by 36cm by 23cm. A photographer confirmed that she took a hassle-free walk onto a plane with her camera bag in mid-September.
Let the Freelance know if you are still experiencing difficulties walking onto planes taking your kit with you as hand baggage.