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The Glass Taxi Gets You There Fast.

The smaller the bag you take on the plane, the less mental stress you will experience. The Glass Taxi easily fits overhead or under the seat, which is a huge relief when traveling. Because of its round and tapered shape, it looks small and compact, but will hold up to a 500 f4 lens. Like all of our products, it does not look like a camera bag, which is an advantage when traveling.

One travel strategy you may want to employ is to use the Glass Taxi for your large lens and then a shoulder bag for your SLR and other lenses. This gives the appearance that they are carrying less than you actually are.

Click here for more information on the Glass Taxi shoulder bag/ backpack.


The Airport Check In Under the Seat

This medium size briefcase fits easily under an airline seat, even when there is an obstruction (note the electrical box on the left). Here is a comfort hint: Just after take off, move the briefcase directly under your legs and lean it up against your seat vertically. That allows you to stretch your legs out completely. Since many photographers like to access their laptop, papers, and books during the flight, the laptop case that ships with the Airport Check In is a very nice solution. You can store your briefcase overhead or under the seat in front of you and slip your laptop case into the front seat pocket for easy access.

With its professional and businesslike design, and the Think Tank name on the front, strangers will not know that you have your valuable photographic accessories on the inside.

Click here for more info on the Airport Check In briefcase.


 
Airport Antidote in an International/ Large Plane Overhead Compartment

Here are the Airport Antidote backpack and the Airport Check In briefcase in a large aircraft overhead bin. One challenge you can anticipate when traveling internationally or when using multiple flights to get to your destination is that your bag’s size and weight may be legal for one country or airplane and over the limit for the next. The good news is that this backpack will fit on almost all planes. If you are sick of having problems with the size of your backpack, this may be your Antidote. (Travel hint: Even though this bags easily fits in the overhead bin, it is still advised that you board the plane as early as possible when most overhead bins are still empty.) Click here for more info on the Airport Antidote backpack.

Photo courtesy of Reed Hoffmann. To learn more about Reed, go to www.reedhoffmann.com.

 

  Airport Antidote In A Medium Size Plane Overhead Compartment

This is the standard size of most overhead compartments. Notice the Airport Antidote still has plenty of room.

If you are one of the last people to board, do not hesitate to put your backpack in the first available overhead space. There are no rules saying that you have to put it directly over your seat. There is nothing worse than getting to your seat only to find out there is no space and then have to struggle forward on the plane to find a vacant spot. While you will have no problems fitting this backpack under the seat in front of you, if you desire full legroom you may prefer storing it in an overhead bin. Click here for more information on the Airport Antidote backpack.

Photo courtesy of Reed Hoffmann. To learn more about Reed, go to www.reedhoffmann.com.


Airport Antidote In A Small Size Plane Overhead

This is a great photo of the Airport Antidote in the overhead compartment of a very small plane. Even with the maximum height of these compartments being seven inches, the Airport Antidote still slides right in.

It is a common experience among photographers about to board a small plane to be told that they have to check the bag at the door. If you fly on small planes, you definitely need a carrying solution that fits under the seat or overhead if you do not want to check it.

Click here for more information on the Airport Antidote backpack.

Photo courtesy of Reed Hoffmann. To learn more about Reed, go to www.reedhoffmann.com.


Artificial Intelligence 15 Under the Seat

The Artificial Intelligence 15 laptop case comes with the Airport Antidote and the Airport Acceleration backpacks. It fits easily into the front stretchable pocket when the compression zipper is closed. The compression zipper slider is self-locking, to keep the laptop case tight in the pocket.

This feature has two important purposes:
1. If you are questioned on the size or weight of the backpack, the Artificial Intelligence 15 can be immediately removed. Unlike with other photo backpacks, doing this will reduce the size of the bag.
2. When you arrive at your seat, it is easy to pull the laptop bag out using the handle and temporarily store it on your seat while slipping the backpack into the overhead bin.

There is also a Artificial Intelligence 17 inch version called the Artificial Intelligence 17 laptop case. It is designed to hold larger laptops. Click here for more info on the Artificial Intelligence 15 and Artificial Intelligence 17.

 


Airport Acceleration In An International/ Large Plane Overhead Compartment

The overhead compartments on some large planes are so large that the backpack can stored straight in and sideways to save space. (If you would like a good laugh while waiting for your plane to depart, watch all the crazy things people try to carry on—absolutely huge duffle bags, guitar cases, suitcase rollers that clearly exceed carry on by one full size. It will make you feel better about your carry on luggage, or at least make you laugh.)

Don’t underestimate the power of a positive attitude and a smile when going through airports. If there is an issue with your bags’ size or weight, you are more likely to be successful in getting it on board if you are relaxed and friendly. Click here for more information on the Airport Acceleration backpack.

 

 

  Airport Acceleration In A Medium Size Plane Overhead

In the vast majority of planes, this backpack will go straight into the overhead compartment without a problem, with or without the Artificial Intelligence 15 or Artificial Intelligence 17 laptop case in the front pocket. One nice feature on all of our backpacks is that the main compartment has zipper sliders with holes so a lock can be attached. If you leave it unattended or are concerned about people getting inside, you can lock the main compartment. You can also buy retractable security wire devices at luggage stores that can be used to lock your backpack to a stationary object. Our Airport Security roller has a wire built into it just for this purpose. Click here for more info on the Airport Acceleration backpack.

  Airport Acceleration In A Test Frame

As you can see, this backpack, with the computer case removed from the front, easily fits inside airline test frames. (This particular test frame also weighs the bag at the same time.)

This is a controversial subject because most airlines never ask customers to put their luggage inside a test frame. Some veteran photographers have never been asked to put their luggage in a test frame, despite having traveled for decades, while others have. What some have concluded is that the most important technique for getting your gear onto the plan is that your bag should “look” like it is the correct carry on size. This is because most people working at the check in counters usually do only a quick visual inspection at the check in counter. Click here for more information on the Airport Acceleration backpack.

 

  Airport International ROLLER In A Medium Sized Plane's Overhead Compartment
The most important rule for storing your roller in an overhead bid is "get on the plane first!" Make sure your seat assignment lets you board in the first three groups so that you will be almost guaranteed space in the overhead compartments.

When putting a roller in the overhead bin, remember to put the wheels facing out. The overhead bin’s lid is curved, allowing it to curve right around the feet and wheels and to close properly. Always use this technique, for it will save you much aggravation.

Click here for more information on the Airport International roller.

  Airport International ROLLER Under the Seat In A Small Sized Plane


Airport International ROLLER Under the Seat In A Small Sized Plane
In an emergency situation this roller can fit under the seat in front of you, as pictured on this British Airways flight. Because the roller is only 8” deep, it will slide right under the seat (as long as there are no obstacles, like electrical boxes).

Although it is preferable not to have anything under the seat, you will have peace of mind knowing that your gear Is safely stored near you should circumstances require it (especially when traveling internationally).

Click here for more information on the Airport International roller.

 

  Airport Acceleration In A Test Frame

As you can see, this backpack, with the computer case removed from the front, easily fits inside airline test frames. (This particular test frame also weighs the bag at the same time.)

This is a controversial subject because most airlines never ask customers to put their luggage inside a test frame. Some veteran photographers have never been asked to put their luggage in a test frame, despite having traveled for decades, while others have. What some have concluded is that the most important technique for getting your gear onto the plan is that your bag should “look” like it is the correct carry on size. This is because most people working at the check in counters usually do only a quick visual inspection at the check in counter. Click here for more information on the Airport Acceleration backpack.

Airport Addicted In An International/ Large Plane Overhead Compartment

This is an interesting photo because the overhead bins on large planes are substantially larger than the airlines own stated carry on size. This backpack is 9” x 14” x 22”, the stated maximum size for many airlines, yet look how much extra space is in front and above the backpack.

We have had photographers from around the world take this large size photography backpack on every type of plane, including very small planes, by asking the steward to put it in the closet. Because it does have a large capacity, you do need to be careful with the total weight if your preferred airline does weight checks. Click here for more information on the Airport Addicted backpack.

 

  Airport Addicted In A Medium Size Plane Overhead

On most planes in North America, this backpack goes straight into the overhead without a problem.

The Airport Addicted has its own dedicated laptop compartment. With this one backpack, many photographers can travel with just one piece of luggage. Before boarding the plane, you can remove the laptop case and carry it using the shoulder strap. When you get to your seat, you can put your laptop case on your seat and then put the backpack in the overhead. Click here for more information on the Airport Addicted backpack.

 

  Airport Addicted In A Medium Size Plane Overhead Compartment

The size of the overhead compartments in some planes forces all rollers and backpacks to be put in sideways.

When checking in at the ticket counter, some photographers debate whether to wear the backpack or to take it off and put it directly in front of their feet, using the check in counter as a visual barrier. When it is standing up on the floor, it is the same size as many rollers. Click here for more information on the Airport Addicted backpack.

 

  Airport Addicted Under the Seat In A Small Size Plane

The clearance under the seat ranges from 8.5” to 10.5” (22 – 27 cm), although there are sometimes obstructions like electronic boxes.

Although the Airport Addicted will fit under most seats, it is not ideal solution, especially if you need leg room. This photo was taken on a small regional CRJ plane that had no closet space. As was the case here, sometimes the steward will let you put it under seat. If for some reason they force you to check a backpack with gear, it is best to take your SLRs out and carrying them on your shoulder, since they are far more sensitive to damage than lenses. Click here for more information on the Airport Addicted backpack.

 

  Airport Addicted In A Test Frame

The critical dimension for the test frames is the depth (usually 8” to 9”). If the airline states the carry on depth is nine inches, the backpack will most likely fit in the test frame. Many international airlines have a stated depth of eight inches for carry on. In that circumstance, it will not fit in the test frame.

Please read the notes for the Airport Acceleration on Test Frames, because they are rarely employed by airlines. The most important suggestion is that your luggage should not “look” oversized. Keep in mind that because there is no international standard carry on size, there is usually an unspoken one inch leeway in dimensions. Click here for more information on the Airport Addicted backpack.

 

  Airport Security In A Medium Size Plane Overhead Compartment

When putting a roller in the overhead bin, remember to put the wheels facing out. The reason for this is that the overhead bin’s lid is curved, and it will curve right around the feet and wheels and close properly. Always use this technique for it will save you much aggravation.

Our roller is the same size as other 22” rollers made by Samsonite and other luggage companies. It is important to note that the airlines and the luggage companies measure the size of the bag only, excluding the additional length created by the wheels and the feet. Most overhead bins are actually designed to hold luggage up to 23.5” when put straight in. Click here for more information on the Airport Security roller.

 

  Airport Security In A Medium Size Plane Overhead Compartment

Airport Security In A Medium Size Plane Overhead Compartment
Some airlines force all rollers to be stored sideways, like in this photo. But as you can see, there is room to spare in front of the roller and on top.

When boarding a plane with a full size roller, it is especially important to be in the first group of people. With backpacks like our Airport Antidote and Airport Acceleration, you can put them under the seat, if so required. But with a roller it is less likely the flight attendant will allow it to be put under the seat, even though it is possible. Many professional photographers travel so much that they simply forget to get an advantageous seat assignment, which can cause some challenges. Booking your seat early does make travel less complex. Click here for more information on the Airport Security roller.

 

  Airport Security Under the Seat In A Small Size Plane
Here is visual proof the Airport Security will fit under the seat. As you can see, it is partially under the adjoining seat’s floor space, so the person next to you will have to be agreeable to the arrangement. You can also put it straight under, but then you will have minimal leg room (see the photo under Airport Addicted). Says photographer Chris Kavanagh, “I took these photos aboard an Air Canada Jazz Bombardier CRJ705 regional jet from Houston to Toronto. The overhead is not large enough to accommodate the Airport Security but there is ample room under the seat.” Photo courtesy of Chris Kavanagh. Click here for more information on the Airport Security roller.
 


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