Cadet57
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Film And Airport Security

Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:01 pm

Any tips? I have herd that the x-rays destroy film. A friend told me to get a lead-lined pouch...
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RE: Film And Airport Security

Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:10 pm

I always use a lead foil lined bag available at most good camera shops. But if you want more info on airports and x-rays, read this article.

http://home.kc.rr.com/aaronphoto/xray.html
 
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RE: Film And Airport Security

Sun Mar 12, 2006 10:21 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Thread starter):
I have herd that the x-rays destroy film. A friend told me to get a lead-lined pouch...

Yes, X-ray machines will affect your film and I doubt that a lead-lined pouch would be sufficient to prevent penetration and will look suspicious to security staff. The article linked to in reply 1 is correct, in that you should always pack any films into your hand luggage.

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RE: Film And Airport Security

Sun Mar 12, 2006 10:57 pm

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 2):
.....and will look suspicious to security staff

I've used the FilmShield lead foil bags for almost 25 years and never once have I ever been asked the simple question..."What's in the bag?" I know for sure that the x-rays cannot see inside the bag because I've actually looked at the security checkpoint's monitor to see what it looks like. And nada, you can't see inside the bag. But I've never once been asked to actually open the lead foil bag for a secondary inspection.

So I have often thought to myself.... What the friggin good is x-ray and secutiry if I could just as easily have a Glock and a couple of hand-grenades inside the lead pouch?
 
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RE: Film And Airport Security

Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:23 pm

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 3):
And nada, you can't see inside the bag. But I've never once been asked to actually open the lead foil bag for a secondary inspection.

Must be pretty low intensity, but then you'd expect it to be I suppose if people are working around those machines all day.

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 3):
What the friggin good is x-ray and secutiry if I could just as easily have a Glock and a couple of hand-grenades inside the lead pouch?

It's not the be all and end all, just a very good way of having a general nosey without having to open everyone's bags. There is absolute pandemonium at airports across the UK every year with Christmas puddings being mistaken for organic explosives. Causes chaos.

Regards,

Tim.
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