Think Tank Photo’s newest additions to their air travel line
– the Airport Check In briefcase and the Airport Antidote
Airport Acceleration, and Glass Taxi backpacks –
allow photographers to carry their bodies, lenses, and accessories onto
planes with different carry on requirements and legally store
them in overhead bins or under the seat.
Being able to travel through airports with the least amount of hassle
is of utmost importance to photographers. When combined with Think Tank
Photo’s breakthrough large backpack, the Airport Addicted,
and revolutionary roller, the Airport Security, these new bags provide
photographers with a complete menu of options for complying with
airline requirements for bag size and weight, as well as the maximum
number of bags allowed they can carry onto the plane.
The Airport Check In is a briefcase that holds all the accessories,
cords and cables a photographer must carry, and it will hold
up to a 17” laptop. It can be attached to
a roller handle by sliding the briefcase slot over the handle or worn
as a backpack with the shoulder harness that is supplied. It comes with
a seam-sealed raincover that protects the entire bag, as well as a
removable Cable Management 50 bag.
The Airport Antidote backpack fits all international carry on size
requirements. With the laptop case removed, it will fit in the small
overhead bins of “commuter flights.” The Artificial
Intelligence 15 laptop case that comes with the backpack fits into a
compressible front pocket so that it can be removed easily before
sitting down It is designed to hold pro-size SLR cameras
and up to a 400mm f4 lens (without the body attached). It
includes a seam-sealed raincover, tripod or monopod attachment, and
business card holder.
The Airport Acceleration backpack fits all international carry on size
requirements when the laptop case is removed. The Artificial
Intelligence laptop case that comes free with the backpack is located
in the front compressible pocket so that it can be easily removed in
its own carrying case and reduces the size of the backpack for either
weight or size requirements. It is designed to hold pro-size
SLR cameras and up to a 500mm f4 lens (without the body
attached). In addition it has “tuck away”
shoulder straps and a removable waistbelt, as well as a seam-sealed
raincover and a tripod/ monopod attachment system.
The Glass Taxi is a convertible shoulder bag/backpack that holds up to
a 500mm f4 lens, 300mm f2.8 lens with SLR attached, or SLR with 70-200
attached with hood in position. It is a very compact and
lightweight method of transporting such large lenses. Since
it “looks” small, it is ideal for traveling through
airports with large lenses to facilitate getting on the plane. It
includes “tuck away” shoulder straps, a seam-sealed
raincover, and a free Curved Comfort shoulder strap.
“We have created a
category of bags that did not exist before – airport travel
products for photographers,
” said Doug Murdoch,
Think Tank Photo’s founder and lead designer.
“With the release of these new bags photographers
now have a complete solution for different travel circumstances.
Selecting the right bag, or combination of bags, depends on the
photographers’ preferences and where they are going to
travel. For example, when carried together the Airport
Acceleration backpack and the Airport Check In briefcase hold the same
amount of gear as the Airport Addicted but comply with smaller size and
weight requirements of international airlines