This is going viral. The video shows how a couple of Air Canada baggage handlers were moving the passenger’s luggage that had to be gate-checked because oversized for the plane cabin’s overhead bin. Filmed last Thursday by a passenger on the plane.
The advice is: take your gear out if you have to handle your luggage over for gate-checking! Air Canada is investigating the incident, and most probably will find who is responsible. But still: gate-checked luggage is not where you should keep your precious gear, so is not checked-in luggage in general.
When I travel by plane my gear is always with me in the cabin. It helps to be among the first in the boarding queue, as sometimes they discover at the end that there is not enough space left over in the overhead bins, and you are asked to gate-check your luggage even if it is not oversized. In this case I would politely tell them that I have some $$$ of photographic equipment that has to board with me.
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