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mr. natural Mar 4, 2003 9:12 PM

airport scanning and digicams?
I'm new to these cameras (in fact, I have yet to buy my first!) but am cruious as I'll be taking it overseas; with all the advanced X-ray and electronic equipment both checked and carry on luggage is exposed to these days, are their any concerns for digicams or memory cards or any other stuff I should be concerned with?

gibsonpd3620 Mar 4, 2003 9:17 PM

I just came back from a trip and the scanning systems did not affect the media at all.

sjms Mar 5, 2003 8:46 AM

xray units have no effect on the media or the camera. did 2 trips to europe in the past 2 wks. also don't forget that dose you and your stuff get for flying at high altitude for x amount of hours to where ever your going.

film on the other hand will be an issue with the new Envision units the TSA is using. hand search is advised.

Patarix Mar 5, 2003 9:09 AM

My camera (Nikon Coolpix 5000) has gone through at least 50 checkpoint/scans at airports and everything is still working great. There should be no problems with any camera.

lipton Mar 6, 2003 5:07 AM

Hey Patarix you dont need an assistant do you :D

voxmagna Mar 7, 2003 1:19 PM

Not so sure about Microdrives and those body search wands though! Don't they work like metal detectors with relatively low frequency energised search coils?

NHL Mar 7, 2003 1:30 PM


My 3.5" floppies has passed this test with flying color... The microdrive usually stayed in the camera and is scanned on the moving belt just like your laptop!

Mike_PEAT Mar 7, 2003 1:35 PM

Just imagine how many credit cards would have been erased if the wands really do magnetic damage (or do they now tell you to take out your wallet and any magnetic cards...been a while since I travelled).

sjms Mar 7, 2003 2:43 PM

actually your wallet gets nucked normally in the xray machine after you empty your pockets of every scrap

you'll find that the battery powered wands are of the low level variety. i've brought software through in pkgs and been wanded. survival rate is high.

voxmagna Mar 7, 2003 3:17 PM

Gentlemen (and ladies), I've got no problem with solid state media, or the actual media used in discs since the magnetic force needed to write the media is far higher than what these things in free field can produce.

But I have concerns about that micro-miniature parked head and mechanics that flies across the disc surface with incredible precision - after you've subjected that lot to a rapidly changing electro-magnetic field of some considerable Oersteds (yes I'm that old) from a concentrated loop.

I wouldn't 'park' my microdrive to close to big electric motors, loudspeakers, or a de-gaussing coil either!


The microdrive usually stayed in the camera and is scanned on the moving belt
That's OK 'cos it's X-ray!

Now do you get my point?

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