Airlines might as well be in the burglary section. EVA airlines just so happened to "lose" our ultra prime lenses for the flight from LA to Taiwan. They also ignored our repeated calls (those lenses were valued at $18,000+) and repeatedly skirted around our physical visits to their hub. Not only did we have to delay shoots (more money lost on our awesome producer) to deal with this ridiculous problem, it took 2 more weeks of back and forth battles with these thieves and then of course once the term "lawsuit" was dropped they "just so happened" to track the lenses and of course didn't provide any explanation where it was "found".
ALWAYS make a big deal of your equipment when traveling by air, if you present the items to their staff and make yourself memorable, chances are they won't try anything funny with your stuff. Found that out the hard way. Now when we travel we always make a big deal of what's inside our baggage. It's the only way from protecting yourself from getting robbed.
Golly, I can't wait to see how many people shell out the bucks to use this for their web series or vimeo music vids. Happy hunting folks.
It's not your book mate.