How can I protect camera equipment in checked baggage
While I usually take my camera equipment in a carry on when I fly (within the US), that’s not always an option (small plane where no carry on other than my purse is allowed, travelling with too much computer/camera equipment to carry it all on, etc.).
Last time I checked my camera equipment, it was put back in the case incorrectly after (I assume) being searched, causing some very serious breakage. While “that’s what insurance is for” certainly applies, having to try to replace a camera on short notice during a trip is an inconvenience I’d rather avoid.
Is there any way I can check something this delicate/valuable without it being destroyed? If not, can I at least reduce the chance of major damage somehow?
I already have a good camera case. The problem happened when airport personnel couldn’t be bothered to put the camera back properly (I assume the case was searched after I checked it) and instead ripped some of the padded dividers out, crammed them into another part of the case, and wedged the camera in the wrong way. Without any padding to keep it from moving, and wedged against the side of the case as it was, the camera broke during what may have been normal baggage handling during transportation.
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