Bags packed ready for the trip to photograph the FIA WEC at Austin, Texas Circuit of the Americas with John Rourke of Adrenal Media. I have 2 peli storm cases iM2975; holds my clothes, race suit, helmet, tripod and other bits and pieces to go in the hold. The iM2300 carry on holding my laptop, iPad, batteries cables etc etc. My Think Tank Airport international v 2.0 again a carry on packed with 2 camera bodies, lenses; 400mm, 70-200mm, 12-24mm, 16-35mm, 135mm, 24-70mm, 50mm, extender 1.4. spare batteries.
All fitted in the Think Tank and under the weight limit of 23kg. This bag fitted in the overhead lockers perfect.
John had been photographing ELMS at Paul Ricard and he met up with me at heathrow. We boarded the plane to fly to Dallas / Fort Worth International out first port of call.
4 films in, lots to eat American Airlines looked after us very well
Stopped over at Dallas Airport. Had a few problems with customs. Their drug testing machine bleeped after they swabbed my camera bag. I put that down to a faulty machine. Then we almost had all our kit impounded as we had not filled out a ATA Carnet listing all our gear. It was late and their shift was coming to an end so they waived us through in the end. Never had a problem like this before. We were going to get this Carnet ready for our trip to China and Japan.
Dallas Airport / Fort Worth International was a picture of colour, with a wall of thanks to the service men who thought for their country.
Due to the customs messing around we missed our plane to Austin and had to catch a later flight. Finally we landed at Austin, picked up the hire car and drove to the hotel. It’d been a very long day.