Flying with Gear [Budget Airlines] Pelican Storm IM2500 & Calumet RC1188

Over the last month I had two jobs overseas, and on both had to fly by Ryan Air and EasyJet budget airlines. Luckily no lighting equipment was needed so only the camera gear had to come as a Carry-On Luggage.

Prior to the jobs I ordered a rather nice Pelican Storm IM2500 case which on their website is described as “carry-on luggage”. This is very similar to the Pelican 1510 Case in terms of size. I also had TrekPak inserts shipped from the States to organize my gear as neatly as possible. The size of the case is 55 x 35 x 22.

pelican storm im2500 case, trekpak inserts, flying with gear, lsdigi

Pelican IM2500 Overview


flying with gear, pelican IM2500 case, trekpak inserts, digital operator london, calumet RC1188

Pelican Storm IM2500 Case with TrekPak Inserts


Flight #1 – RyanAir (London – Dublin)

A week before the flight I checked out the cabin regulations and was a little bit shocked.

“Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted.” My case was 12kg, 55cm x 35cm x 22cm – 2cm too deep according to Peli specs, and 2kg over the weight. Knowing how RyanAir are with their regulations (their way or the Highway, or in my case swimming across the sea) I chose not to risk being refused to fly (or charged extortionate amount) and used my old Calumet RC1188 case as a carry-on with my personal things and the gear distributed amongst RC1188 and assistant’s rucksack – with the Peli being checked into the hold with only chargers, batteries and other (less destructible) items.

flying with gear, pelican IM2500 case, trekpak inserts, digital operator london, calumet RC1188

Left – Calumet RC1188 Rolling Case, Right – Pelican Storm IM2500

At the airport I used the RyanAir Baggage Cage, and I can confirm that the Pelican STORM IM2500 DOES NOT FIT IN. The Calumet RC1188 on the other hand (fully loaded) squeezed in just fine.

Flight #2 – EasyJet

Luckily EasyJet regulations are a bit more relaxed: “…allowance is 50 x 40 x 20cm including handles and wheels. You can still choose to bring ONE slightly bigger bag up to the maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels, but on some busy flights your bag may have to go into the hold.” In my case it went through without a problem!

As a guide I put together a short list of Cabin Baggage Regulations of various Airlines which you can use as a guide for your own equipment:

RyanAir – 50cm x 40cm x 20cm – 10kg

EasyJet – 50cm x 40cm x 20cm guaranteed / 50cm x 40cm x 25cm – unlimited weight

British Airways – 56cm x 45cm x 25cm – 23kg

Lufthansa – 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm – 8kg

KLM – 55 x 35 x 25 cm – 12kg

Air France – 55cm x 35cm x 25cm – 12kg

American Airlines – 56 x 36 x 23 cm

Aer Lingus – 55cm x 40cm x 24cm – 10kg

Virgin Atlantic – 23cm x 36cm x 56 cm – 10kg

Flybe – 55cm x 40cm x 23cm – 10kg

Emirates – 55cm x 38cm x 20cm – 7kg

Norwegian – 55cm x 40cm x 23cm – 10kg

Monarch – 56cm x 40cm x 25cm – 10kg

This info is only accurate on time of posting, so you may want to double check before planning your journey, also its based on Standard Class, so First / Business may have higher allowances.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.