I had a problem with a airline that try to have me check in my camera gear. I had to had carry all my glass since this is what they would have stolen if I had check it in with the bag. Can you force the airline to allow you to carry on your camera gear since they are not liable for stolen camera gear. American eagle has a no carry on policy. But carried one gear many times until this one agent started acting like a nazi that demanded I check in my camera gear. How do you solve this problem? 1. have the airline sign a legal document making them liable if the item is lost, stolen, or broken on arrival. 2. use a smaller bag 3. don't fly 4. demand to speak to a manager and explain the rules to him that is listed on your ticket the airline is not liable for camera gear. 5. Anymore info you wish to add?