Much needed entertainment was the last time I flew and they asked me to turn on my 4x5 camera.
Originally Posted by EricR
Thanks for the reply and the advice.
I appreciate it.
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I had a similar issue once in Melbourne, Australia. I wound up having to have my exposed film run through the scanner. Since then, I only travel with Fuji Quick Loads.
Originally Posted by mikewhi
Yeah, I've encountered the open-every-foil-pouch routine too. It's a pain, but I grudgingly admit to its value.
I'm worried about what happens when airport security gets reprivatized. I really do like the TSA; they seem to have well-thought-out rules and follow them consistently, promoting both security and legally-protected rights. They've also been, in my limited experience, unfailingly professional. This is in stark contrast to what I've experienced at the hands of private security.
I particularly remember flying from San Diego to Portland once, post-911 but pre-TSA, where the hand check in San Diego consisted of a cheerful "Yup, looks like film, go ahead"--Anyone want to speculate on how much ammo you could get in twenty 120 boxes?
The return flight from Portland offered equal stupidity, but in the opposite direction. The security guard rudely refused hand inspection, her supervisor rudely refused hand inspection, and when I directed the supervisor to the sign by his machine guaranteeing the right to a hand inspection his response was "I don't care what the law is, it goes on the belt or it doesn't go through my checkpoint." Delusions of grandeur anyone?
Ok...so in February we are going to Maui. I am taking a boatload of film (120 and 35mm). I have heard to unbox the 35 mm and put it in a clear ziplock bag. How about the 120? out of the box and the foil? just out of the box? I am tempted to run down to the airport and ask the people there. Do you think that would be best?
Also, what about exposed and undeveloped film? Thanks!
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Too true. Kamloops and Kelowna are much stickier than Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary.
Originally Posted by EricR
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To tell you how much they are dialing up the sensors, I got a letter from my doc today saying he will supply me with documentation if I need to fly shortly after one of my annual thyroid radiation tests. They have been setting off the sensors in people who have taken the fluids, and then flown within days of the ingestion. Now for it to pick up that minute of an amount, It just may have been dialed up enough to fogg film of a lower ASA than 800. This just in the last few months.
Don't take the foil wrap off the 120 unless they ask you too. In fact if it is in a box that is sealed like the 35mm, it usually is easier to be passed through. It is the opened boxes and such that get the notice. Put it all in a big baggie, and go a bit earlier than you had planned. If you have trouble ask for the supervisor. If they give you trouble, ask for the airport head of security or the airport manager to come and inspect it. If you get beligerant, they will do like they did to my hubby and make you stand in a small squared off area while they nearly stip search you in public, (made him drop his pants in the airport in full view of all.) NEVER leave you film in checked luggage. It will be beyond rescue. A smile goes a long way.
I took many 120 rolls of iso100 film in carry-on luggage on a trip to Singapore this last summer. Didn't bother with hand inspections. All the film and my cameras got x-rayed in Harrisburg, Detroit and Tokyo on the way over and got zapped in Singapore, Tokyo and Detroit on the way back. Not a trace of fog - even on an unshot roll.
I was only asked in one airport if I had a "camcorder" in the bag.
Save yourself the headache and hassle. FedEx the film to your hotel and FedEx it home.
Originally Posted by BWGirl
FWIW, I personally don't bother with hand inspections. It's not needed in the US/UK/Australia/New Zealand or anyplace else I have traveled. Of course, I only use 50 or 100 speed film.
I've been to Florida several times in the last few years and at Orlando, Sanford and Tampa airports requests for hand inspections of film have been met with cheerful compliance.
In the UK it's a different tale. A polite request got met with a bored and terse, "Put it through the scanner."
"Well, there's some high spee..."
"If it doesn't go through the scanner it doesn't go on the plane."
The next time I wrote to the BAA in advance and got a polite letter back saying, "Certainly sir! Present this letter at the gate!"
I didn't have to; they were expecting me and (very reluctantly) did a hand inspection.
Live and learn, eh?