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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    Obviously ground and sea shipping always avoid x-rays...

    see:

    http://www.saic.com/products/securit...s-p/index.html



    (I tried to add some photos of their ride-through X-rays/gamma-rays scanning devices; but could not insert them in my post.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    see:

    http://www.saic.com/products/securit...s-p/index.html

    (I tried to add some photos of their ride-through X-rays/gamma-rays scanning devices; but could not insert them in my post.)
    Indeed, I thought the blanket 'nothing shipped ever gets X-Rayed ever anywhere' statements were somewhat too categorical to be true.


    As I recall from the Ilford factory tour, Simon said they had some sort of 'recognised shipper' certificate/agreement with US customs which was required to prevent their shipments being X-rayed; I could well have misremembered though. Simon?!
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    I have purchased film online in the past with it being delivered via Air from the US with no problems. I don't you will have a problem with Canada Post.
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    Yes I too assume that the bigger companies have got some sealed-container procedure. But what about smaller parcels and what about that grey-market with materials being sent around the world packed together with other materials going that route?

    From what I read so far no problems have been encountered. Well, it might be though that some problems related to bad procedures/quality control of some manufacturers are actually shipping related.

    This all is a sensitive issue and here at this forum those questions will hardly be answered...

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    Several posters have suggested asking your local postal employee if something shipped Express or otherwise is X-Rayed... If one steps back a moment and gives it some thought, how LIKELY is it that your local postal employee knows anything of value on this topic ??? More than likely, if that employee is at all astute, he/she will tell you what you want to hear to get you moving along - even if he/she does not truly know - or he/she may just say I don't know. So then, what do you do? In the end, the value of asking an employee is probably not much more than a placebo to make yourself feel good about your initial decision to mail the film. Like Cheryl Crow sings "If it makes you happy... "

    I would tend to agree with most posters that the vast majority of cargo packages ARE NOT X-rayed. There are numerous news stories about only 1% of inbound cargo containers being xRayed and that mail/parcels on passenger jets are largely unscreened. For now, I believe we are in a "fool's paradise" of sorts until a plane is taken down sometime in the future by a package. Will it be a "cargo-only" plane? or a passenger airliner? That will be the luck of the draw (for the terrorists). If that were to occur, then just like the post 9-11 frenzy, we will enter another era of psychotic, paranoid behaviour where EVERYTHING will be XRayed.

    For now, I believe the safest "for sure" bet is to take your film with you on the plane, and hope for the best when asking for hand inspection along the way. At least you know how many doses have been received (if any). So far, I have only had to submit my film once to Xray (in East Africa)...with no ill-effects...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MP_Wayne View Post
    Several posters have suggested asking your local postal employee if something shipped Express or otherwise is X-Rayed... If one steps back a moment and gives it some thought, how LIKELY is it that your local postal employee knows anything of value on this topic ??? .....
    Sorry, should have been more explicit.

    I was the first to suggest just asking Canada Post the question. I thought it was obvious, this here being the web, that the first thinq one would do is go to their website's FAQ section.

    And, if it isn't there. Poke around the site's "postal regulations" and similar info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham View Post
    Sorry, should have been more explicit.
    I was the first to suggest just asking Canada Post the question. I thought it was obvious, this here being the web, that the first thinq one would do is go to their website's FAQ section.
    Good point - I guess we in Canada are so jaded (and expectant) of non-answers (or incorrect answers) from our postal service, that the first assumption is getting jerked around. The other side of it too, is that many postal outlets in Canada have been privatized and are staffed by non-postal employees, earning $8.50 per hour, and operating on minimal (if any) training. And those individuals that are actually in the employ of Canada Post are so unionized that getting a straight answer to a simple question is an impossible task ("not in my job description").

    Ah, but I digress... I will stand my original post that the vast majority of postal (and express) parcels are shipped without examination or Xray (unless they cross a border where they may be opened to collect some revenues).


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    My fear is not would my films be x-ray destroyed. My biggest fear is when I buy paper and film will some wise gay(gal) on custom/tax checking decide to open box of paper or unroll film to check if there really is paper or film in box...
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    Quote Originally Posted by haris View Post
    My fear is not would my films be x-ray destroyed. My biggest fear is when I buy paper and film will some wise gay(gal) on custom/tax checking decide to open box of paper or unroll film to check if there really is paper or film in box...
    A good point - which is why I plan to have a change tent (or bag) with me the next time I fly with sheet film (at least for the trip home). If you have factory sealed film boxes on the trip down, you are likely to have few problems. The trip home is another story...


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    Nevermind. Post deleted. My mistake.
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