[Tweeters] Safe to check spotting scope in luggage?

Bill and Nancy LaFramboise billnan321 at gmail.com
Wed May 10 12:41:50 PDT 2017


I too tried to respond privately and here's another thing to consider. We
once lost some luggage and it turns out the airline insurance specifically
does not cover electronics (they were in a cooler like another Tweeter
suggested). No money back and those charger cords are expensive. I always
joke I could have had Gucci shoes and gotten covered but not electronics.
Not sure if something as expensive as a scope is covered or not.

Nancy
formerly from WA!

On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 2:02 PM, Georgia Conti <antep12 at gmail.com> wrote:


> I tried to respond privately to Hilary but got an automatic message asking

> me to prove who I was and then the link didn't not work. I like privacy

> but, gee whiz, if the process to get to the real person is onerous, I give

> up. Well, until this note from Karen. Folllowing is what I previously

> tried to send Hilary:

>

> I often travel with my high end (Leica) scope attached to my carbon fiber

> tripod in hand. It is my "personal item". Unless I am headed to

> Gambell/St. Lawrence Island or on a small plane where everything gets

> weighed, my personal item doesn't get weighed and thus I can put heavier

> items in my checked bag or my carry on small suitcase that fits overhead.

> My other electronics go in my backpack - camera, small peaker, iPhone,

> iPad, binocs, etc. and these are carry on and then put overhead. (sometimes

> if I must take heavy hiking boots, I tie them to the outside of my carry on

> back pack, again to lighten the load for checked things. When I pass thru

> security I put my scope on the conveyor belt or in one of those rectangular

> plastic containers. Most folks, including TSA agents, ask what I am going

> to photograph and they are a bit surprised when I say I use the scope to

> watch birds. I have had some very nice conversations with travelers with

> my scope in hand. Plus, I have always found space overhead for my scope,

> and I've never had to take the scope off the tripod. I live in Mexico and

> I often travel internationally or to various parts of Mexico. Over twenty+

> years I have never experienced problems, and my scope has never been

> damaged.

>

> I hope this helps.

>

> Georgia

> Lake Patzcuaro Mexico but formerly from Seattle/Alaska

>

>

>

> d my scope has never been damanaged

>

>

> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 11:49 AM, Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile at gmail.com

> > wrote:

>

>> By "safe to check" do you mean it won't break or it won't get stolen?

>>

>> I always put mine in my carry on for the piece of mind it gives me.

>> Breakage is my big concern. I've heard from someone else who travels a lot

>> that he always checks his (well padded) and has had no problems.

>>

>> When I do check luggage, it usually gets searched by TSA (maybe I'm

>> packing things that look suspicious on x-ray), but nothing has ever been

>> taken. That said, I've never checked anything small and valuable.

>>

>> Karen Wosilait

>> Seattle, WA

>> karen.w.mobile at gmail.com

>>

>> > On May 9, 2017, at 7:29 PM, kristinstewart01 at comcast.net wrote:

>> >

>> > I wouldn't check it ( I always carry all optics with me), and I also

>> had my tsa lock disappear from my checked suitcase on my last trip

>> (Australia) although nothing else was missing.

>> >

>> > Kristin Stewart

>> > Olympia

>> >

>> > Sent from my iPad

>> >

>> >> On May 9, 2017, at 2:12 PM, pat.mary.taylor <pat.mary.taylor at gmail.com>

>> wrote:

>> >>

>> >> Hi

>> >>

>> >> I always carry camera, Binos, scope, and tripod (disassembled) in my

>> carry on. Nothing worse than arriving at your destination to find you

>> checked luggage lost. In fact I never check baggage and travel light.

>> >>

>> >> No guides are really necessary on Kauai as all the endemic birds are

>> found with the help of the online Birding in Hawaii.

>> >>

>> >> Keith Taylor

>> >>

>> >> Sent from my iPad

>> >>

>> >>> On May 9, 2017, at 12:10 PM, Hilary Barnes <habarnes at earthlink.net>

>> wrote:

>> >>>

>> >>> Greetings experienced nature travelers-

>> >>>

>> >>> We will be visiting Kauai soon for a week, and I would like to take

>> my spotting scope along, or, at least have access to one while there. I

>> have a rather clunky Vortex scope and a study Manfroto 190 tripod. We took

>> it to Sanibel Island, FL, once, and I think I took the scope in my carry-on

>> and the tripod in a large suitcase. Remembering the airport trek, I am

>> considering checking the whole shebang and using a TSA approved suitcase

>> lock. Your feed back on equipment management, safety and security would be

>> appreciated.

>> >>>

>> >>> Oh, and any birding contacts or tips would be wonderful as well! We

>> will be staying in Princeville on the north shore, and will be renting a

>> car. I have found a lot of useful information online, and have copies of "A

>> Pocket guide to Hawai'i's Birds" and "Enjoying Birds and Other Wildlife in

>> Hawai'i'" from a previous tag-along trip to Oahu for my husband's

>> atmospheric science work group meeting. The point of this trip is actual

>> R&R- birding and botany will take place both deliberately and at leisure.

>> Thanks for your input-

>> >>>

>> >>>

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