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Underwater Photographers, do you remove o-rings before boarding aircraft?
Greg - 1/27/2014 5:41 AM
Category: Survey
Replies: 18

When traveling with underwater cameras, do you remove o-rings from housings and strobes before boarding aircraft?

Please provide more details in the comment field: why, what brand, always or sometimes, any past examples of problems?
Sharkee - 2/23/2014 12:17 AM
[Choose #2] never did, using a gopro hero 3 black edition
McNair - 2/20/2014 12:01 PM
[Choose #2] Agreed with having the main o-ring not installed and protected inside the housing for anytime I’m not on a boat or diving. If you do this the o-ring is always with the housing & there are no worries with presure changes.
daz88 - 2/02/2014 6:53 AM
[Choose #2] I don’t remove them just for flying, but they are already out. when cleaning from previous dives I remove & clean the o-ring lube it up and put in a ziploc bag and place it inside the housing until ready to set up before the dive.
diverray - 1/30/2014 5:42 PM
[Choose #2] Actually, had not thought about the problems of altitude changes, so from now on , will make sure case is open, but I still don’t want to remove the o-rings.
Keetoe - 1/28/2014 9:54 AM
[Choose #3] IMPORTANT: DON’T CLOSE THE HOUSING UP FOR A FLIGHT! Once I did; then could not open the housing after landing because external air pressure was greater than inside the box which had vented on ascent. Prop the door open slightly before flight.
RAWalker - 1/27/2014 11:33 AM
[Choose #2] Fuji ships their housings with the O-ring in place but with the door held open with a piece of bubble wrap they suggest to transport this way.
Anonymous - 1/27/2014 10:51 AM
[Choose #3] I’ll generally remove O-rings when I break down the system, but I’ll leave some in place if I have any reason to suspect that that piece of equipment isn’t absolutely dry (ie, usually strobes).
Rich-D-Fish - 1/27/2014 10:12 AM
[Choose #2] All of my strobe and light o-rings stay in. But I always remove my main housing o-ring in between use, flying or not. It avoids flat spots. I had a canon o-ring that would get a flat spot and leak in really cold water.
Agojo - 1/27/2014 8:39 AM
[Choose #2] Housing only open long enough to take out or put camera in the housing or doing o-ring maint. Also in an environment with dust and minimal air movement to minimize contamination.
LatitudeAdjustment - 1/27/2014 6:13 AM
[Choose #2] Never, bodies are usually unlatched and bagged but I only remove the o-rings to clean them.