Even though I’ve traveled numerous times by plane since January 1—the day the Transportation Security Administration began screening all checked baggage at U.S. commercial airports—I’m not used to leaving my luggage unlocked when I check it. It may be a while before I can hand my bags to a ticket agent or skycap and not think about them again until I arrive at my destination. I guess I’m just conditioned to want to safeguard my stuff.
Working on this month’s cover story, I thought, “If I’m this consumed with my clothes moving through strange hands, how stressful must this be for the video producer who’s forced to travel with gear that’s fragile, or expensive, or both?” At least there are certain steps producers can take to protect their gear or, at the very least, make transporting it less of a nightmare.
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