Photographer Loses $20K in Gear Via American Airlines

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  1. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I wouldn't check a bag with $ 20K in photo gear unless it had straps around it. Yes, it's a hassle for this guy. But accidents happen. I'm sure American will cut him a check for "replacement value".
  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Man, that sucks - sounds like he didn't want to check it but the airline said he couldn't carry it on? When I went to Italy about three years ago, I carried a bit of gear but checked most of it in my one checked bag. The bag didn't make it home with me and I was really nervous about it until it showed up the next day. It wasn't $20,000 worth of gear by a long shot, but I'd have been really upset to lose it. Also had my laptop with all of my photos in it, with the only backup being the relatively few shots I'd put on Flickr (in low res due to limited bandwidth in Italy). So it would have sucked...

  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I always assume that when I check a bag that I will never see it again. Prepare for the worst.
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  5. Tom Wilby

    Tom Wilby SC Rookie

    Jul 3, 2015
    Travel The US
    Tom Wilby
    Might be wise to ship ahead via FedEx or UPS.
  6. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    If an airline asked me to checked $20,000 worth of gear, I think I'd skip the flight and book another airline I knew could handle the article in carry-on. Yikes!