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Old Nov 27, 2003, 3:21 AM   #1
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what do other folks do when taking thier memory through airport x ray machines

i never worried with my film in days gone buy, but now iíve gone digital, do i leave it all in the camera or take out and let it get search along with my coins and watch?

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Old Nov 27, 2003, 9:08 AM   #2
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I carry my camera with me when I fly. I have no problems with any of the airport scanners. I always carry the camera as carry on luggage. Be sure that you have charged batteries as the security may require you to turn the camera on.
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Old Nov 27, 2003, 4:01 PM   #3
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I've also been told that it will cause no problems. I carried my old digital camera (with CF card) through several times and never had any difficulties.

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Old Nov 27, 2003, 4:54 PM   #4
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i work at an airport and one my cameras goes through every day with at least a 640MB card in it.

this is from the TSA (of course the US side of the atlantic). read the last line.


the current security devices have no effect on electronic imaging equipment.
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Old Nov 27, 2003, 5:32 PM   #5
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Here's some of the text from that page:

Transporting Film

WARNING: Equipment used for screening checked baggage will damage your undeveloped film.

Traveling with Film

Never place undeveloped film in your checked baggage.
Place film in your carry-on baggage* or request a hand inspection.

* Carry-on screening equipment might also damage certian film if the film passes through more than 5 times.

None of the screening equipment - neither the machines used for checked baggage nor those used for carry-on baggage - will affect digital camera images or film that has already been processed, slides, videos, photo compact discs, or picture discs.

General use film **

You should remove all film from your checked baggage and place it in your carry-on baggage. The X-ray machine that screens your carry-on baggage at the passenger security checkpoint will not affect undeveloped film under ASA/ISO 800.

If the same role of film is exposed to X-ray inspections more than 5 times before it is developed, however, damage may occur. Protect your film by requesting a hand-inspection for your film if it has already passed through the carry-on baggage screening equipment (X-ray) more than 5 times.

Specialty film **

Specialty film is defined as film with an ASA/ISO 800 or higher and typically used by professionals.

At the passenger security checkpoint, you should remove the following types of film from your carry-on baggage and ask for a hand inspection:

Film with an ASA/ISO 800 or higher
Highly sensitive X-ray or scientific films
Film of any speed which is subjected to X-ray surveillance more than 5 times (the effect of X-ray screening is cumulative)
Film that is or will be underexposed
Film that you intend to 'push process'
Sheet film
Large format film
Medical film
Scientific film
Motion picture film
Professional grade film

Other Tips and Precautions:

If you plan to request a hand inspection of your film, you should consider carrying your film in clear canisters, or taking the film out of solid colored canisters and putting it into clear plastic bags, to expedite the screening process.
If you are going to be traveling through multiple X-ray examinations with the same rolls of undeveloped film, you may want to request a hand-inspection of your film. However, non-U.S. airports may not honor this request.
If you plan to hand-carry undeveloped film on an airplane at an international airport, contact the airport security office at that airport to request a manual inspection.
Consider having your exposed film processed locally before passing through airport security on your return trip.
We recommend that you do not place your film in lead-lined bags since the lead bag will have to be hand-inspected. If you have concerns about the impact of the X-ray machine on your undeveloped film, you can request a hand inspection.
You may still consider bringing a lead-lined bag if you are traveling through airports in other countries as their policies may vary. Check with your airline or travel agent for more information on foreign airports.

** This guidance was developed in cooperation with the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A).
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Old Nov 27, 2003, 6:01 PM   #6
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you missed the bottom line on the first page

The screening equipment will not affect digital cameras and electronic image storage cards.

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