Lowepro vs The Baggage Handlers
Leave us not be rude to the people who pack and unpack the airliners - they do a valuable job in difficult conditions and under time constraints. If they occasionally send your entire suite of luggage to the Dutch East Indies when you are flying to French Indo-China they do not do it out of malice. Likewise when your camera case is crushed in the jaws of a steam hammer you mustn't be snide - remember it might have been your head in different circumstances.
The alternative - hauling your gear down the aisle of the Boeing and trying to cram it into the overhead locker - with the possibility of crushing the duty-free - is a real pain*. Wouldn't it be nice to have something that could withstand the gorillas on the tarmac but not be so big as to attract excessive charges for excess baggage? Well the Lowepro Hardside cases are for you.
This is the Hardside 200 that is good for small video or mirror-less kits. Waterproof and gorillaproof outer case with locking points, lightweight but sturdy internal case with shoulder straps and adjustable dividers. Throw it about and you'll still have a camera system at the other end of the flight
There are also two bigger sizes - the Hardside 300 and 400 - for ever-larger cameras and lenses.
They are a pretty good solution for the travelling photographer who needs to brave poor weather or dusty conditions but still needs a backpack when they get there.
* And the supercilious looks from the expensive people in the expensive seats...