Re: What do you do when encountering african bees for a cutout?
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I found myself in a situation a lot like the one you describe, and I was unprepared. The biggest hint was that I couldn't see much through my veil because the bees were mobbing me. Since that experience, I will not go out for any kind of takeout or even to get a swarm without a bottle of soapy water that I can easily put in a sprayer and either kill a colony or clean up those last few bees that always avoid the vacuum and insist on staying home.
I take no pleasure in killing bees, but occasionally, I mean rarely, there is enough human and pet traffic that you must act to insure safety in the area. A good colony of bees can have a bad day when the stars align just right.
Join a local bee club. Tag along on a few cut outs (its fun). Watch JPthebeeman on youtube.
I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)