Air travel with photo gear

Discussion in 'Geographic Location' started by Fraunhofer, Apr 21, 2017 at 5:30 AM.

  1. Fraunhofer

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    Since this seems to be a regular topic, let me report my experiences:

    The past year, I have been on about a dozen trips and through about twice as many airports throughout the US, Europe and Asia carrying either a Spotmatic with a radioactive Takumar or Zeiss Super Ikonta and ISO400 B&W film in my carry-on.

    I never observed any fogging even on a trip where I went 8 or 9 times through a checkpoint.

    Today, for the first time I was stopped at the checkpoint for additional screening related to the Zeiss Ikonta: this was at London Heathrow and all they did is have a look, ask what this is (underwater camera, sir?) and did a swipe test.
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    It's quite normal, I've had my cameras checked and swab tested many times at UK airports, the security is very tight and has been ramped up significantly in the past year.

    I find it more worrying that security is lax as some airports when I fly back to the UK, two I pass through regularly but my cameras used to be inspected now nothing.

    Ian
     
  3. Robin Guymer

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    Same here, no problems with a number of interstate flights and I have called the airport to confirm that 400ASA film is safe through the carry on X-ray. Travelling to Tasmania last week with 3 Nikon bodies, lenses and a pack of film, I saw my bag on the X-ray screen. It looked impressive. The security officer stopped the conveyor and turned around till he caught my eye, gave me a smile, shook his head and sent it on through. Maybe another Apug member! Nothing quite like a good old film camera to attract a bit of attention these days.
     
  4. Sirius Glass

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    I have not had problems for years traveling with cameras. Just carry your film on board the airplane. I have never had a problem with ISO 400 film.