New CT carry-on baggage scanners at selected US airports

Nov 05, 2019,15:51 PM

Notice to camera film users - the following is part of an ongoing discussion... subject to change, please follow the discussions if traveling by air.

Kodak: has updated their Storage and Care Guidance document, with regard to airport x-rays, indicating a hand check [of camera film] should always be requested.

TSA: Most x-ray machines used to screen carry-on bags should not damage undeveloped film under ASA\ISO 800. There are a limited number of screening checkpoints that use x-ray equipment that may damage undeveloped film. These airports will have signage in front of the x-ray stating that the x-ray may damage undeveloped film.

TSA: If you are traveling with the following types of film, please pack it in a clear plastic bag, remove it from your carry-on bag at the checkpoint, and ask for a hand inspection

• Film with an ISO 800 or higher
• Highly sensitive x-ray or scientific films
• 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
• Film of any speed that is subjected to x-ray screening more than five times

Please be informed and take care if traveling with camera film.

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Thank you Casey

 By: Jad : November 5th, 2019-22:28
But does these x-ray machine interfere with or damage the sensitive parts of a digital camera ( the sensor) ?
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The way I understand the technology... it applies to film

 By: cshimokita : November 5th, 2019-23:38
in that the film can become fogged. The impact of the older scanning technology was endlessly debated among film users. Now it seems that Kodak and even TSA are warning film users... so rather be save than sorry. Personally I would not worry about digital... 
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Thanks for the info [nt]

 By: Jad : November 6th, 2019-03:34
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I would never say never about the effect of the 'rays'... I am not an expert

 By: cshimokita : November 6th, 2019-15:14
I also never stand in front of the micro wave oven when it's running ; )
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Thanks for the notice [nt]

 By: Quan : November 6th, 2019-03:14
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