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My thoughts too. I'm off to South Africa at the end of August for a photographic trip and this will be my approach if I use an airline that is affected by these restrictions. It's definitely easier if you're based in the US versus visiting since it seems to be a concern about flights from source airports deemed 'less safe'. Carry on on the way out, Fedex with full insurance back afterwards.I see two viable choices:
1. Insure the expensive stuff and ship it in advance to your hotel by FEDEX or DHL.
2. Fly out of the US with your stuff for carry on, then check it in your luggage on the way back and just be sure it is fully insured. If it's lost or stolen on the way back, it sucks, but it's not the disaster that it would be on the way to your destination.
However, the idiocy of many of these policies never ceases to amaze, actually disappoint, me. The first time there's a plane down due to lithium battery thermal runaway in the hold we'll see some other hair-brained knee jerk reaction as normal.
I travel weekly for business - the inconvenience factor of not having a work option on long flights isn't insignificant. Losing my work laptop would be annoying (thieving baggage handlers!) but not the end of the world as I can always get to my data one way or another and a new laptop would just be a business expense. Losing my photographic gear though would seriously piss me off, insured or not.