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Tip on carrying Mavic Pro in checked luggage
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chiplifter
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Just my 5 cents on carrying your Mavic Pro in Carry-on luggage.

Last 2 times I travelled by plane (Emirates)  I was not allowed to have my Mavic Pro in handluggage, only transport of drones in checked luggage was allowed. For safe transport I bought a small hardcase in which I could securely store my Mavic (batteries removed and stored in LiPo safetybags in handluggage).

What happened during flight, or not to careful handling of checked luggage by airport employees, the gimbal clamp shaked off the camera (on both flights). The gimbal cover (lenseprotect) stayed in place. Luckily the camera and gimbal survived and had no damage. I did a gimbal calibration and some testflights after transport.

So my little tip on travel: After putting the gimbal clamp over the camera, put some tape over the clamp and Mavic body to make a secure fit and keep it in place. At least I will do this on my next flight.


Maybe anyone on the forum or DJI Support has another suggestion to solve this or maybe tips on a different type of gimbal clamp.

Hope this helps.
2018-5-1
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Suren
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Thanks for the tip
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HedgeTrimmer
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What happened during flight, or not to careful handling of carry-on luggage by airport employees, the gimbal clamp shaked off the camera (on both flights).

Little confused.  By 'carry-on luggage' do you mean luggage that is checked in, then stored in plane's cargo hold?

In U.S. we use carry-on to mean purses, backpacks, camera bags, laptop bags, garment bags, gym bags, that are brought on board with passenger and either stowed in overhead bins above passeenger seats or under seat in front of you.

I am thinking gimbal clamp did not shake off camera both times.  Instead security removed gimbal clamp to inspect drone to see if it was drone or a bomb crafted to look like a drone.
Once security got gimbal clamp off, they could not figure out how to put gimbal clamp back on properly.  Leaving gimbal clamp loose.
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davidmartingraf
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Hmmm interesting I did not know that.
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chiplifter
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HedgeTrimmer Posted at 2018-5-1 11:33
What happened during flight, or not to careful handling of carry-on luggage by airport employees, the gimbal clamp shaked off the camera (on both flights).

Little confused.  By 'carry-on luggage' do you mean luggage that is checked in, then stored in plane's cargo hold?

Nope, lugagge was locked, everything in place not opened. It was shaken off
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Breezer74
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Just a quick related tip.  Always inspect for damage BEFORE leaving the airport.  If you wait until you get home/to hotel it is much harder to make a claim against airport/airline for damage.
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chiplifter
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Breezer74 Posted at 2018-5-1 12:59
Just a quick related tip.  Always inspect for damage BEFORE leaving the airport.  If you wait until you get home/to hotel it is much harder to make a claim against airport/airline for damage.

you are right, but it is not always possible.
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chiplifter
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HedgeTrimmer Posted at 2018-5-1 11:33
What happened during flight, or not to careful handling of carry-on luggage by airport employees, the gimbal clamp shaked off the camera (on both flights).

Little confused.  By 'carry-on luggage' do you mean luggage that is checked in, then stored in plane's cargo hold?

Thanks, You are right, my bad. I changed the original topic.
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DJI Diana
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Nice tip, thanks for sharing it with us.
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