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Airport Security - Xrays machines #158871
11/21/03 01:24 AM
11/21/03 01:24 AM
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LaurieMar Offline OP
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With these new super powered x-rays gizmos that our luggage must now go through, I forgot whether it is best to pack film in luggage or carry on. Don't want my unexposed film to get "zapped" by our latest homeland security machines. Anybody know?

Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158872
11/21/03 03:48 AM
11/21/03 03:48 AM
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lauriemar....i've heard not to run your film thru the x-ray machines, but, i forgot about that on my last trip, and of course the film went thru....was concerned that my pix wouldn't come out right when i had them developed....in my opinion, they came out just fine....didn't seem to do any damage....just my experience....kerry

Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158873
11/21/03 04:00 AM
11/21/03 04:00 AM
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Laurie, as I understand it, putting the films in your checked bags is no longer the right thing to do. The Xrays for our checked bags are very strong now. It used to be that we shouldn't have film in our carryon . . .I guess now, we keep our films in our carryon and then have the security check them past without putting them through the xray.


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Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158874
11/21/03 02:46 PM
11/21/03 02:46 PM
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Seems like I saw something somewhere that x-ray only affects really high speed film. confused

KCJD

Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158875
11/21/03 02:51 PM
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Here's a link that says both
http://www.drdaveanddee.com/xray.html

Synop.
Carry on x-ray scanners are low dose, checked baggage x-ray will make you sterile.

Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158876
11/21/03 04:27 PM
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Only if you're inside the checked bag.

Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158877
11/21/03 04:49 PM
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Originally posted by chismera:
Only if you're inside the checked bag.
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Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158878
11/21/03 04:52 PM
11/21/03 04:52 PM
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Technical there is no reason to take care. X ray
don`t hurt any films.
I never take care and have never problems.
Works before and works after passing X rays.

Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158879
11/21/03 08:59 PM
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I am going for the carry on option as I am an amatueur photography freak and don't want to take the chance. Thanks for the responses!

Re: Airport Security - Xrays machines #158880
11/22/03 11:44 PM
11/22/03 11:44 PM
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Hi Laurie - not sure if you've left for Costa Rica yet but here's what I've learned in the last month.

The xray machines that your checked luggage goes through is too strong and therefore, you are warned that your film (any speed) may be ruined.

As for carryon baggage, they say that higher speed film may be affected (800 asa or higher) by the xray for carryon. I saw this warning in Hawaii yesterday as I waited to clear security.

You can always request that your film and camera be hand inspected to be sure there's no damage. This, of course, takes you more time to go through Security.

Have fun!


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