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    I've had the same 15 rolls of film pass 13(!) consecutive hand-luggage x-rays when travelling through Asia (everytime a few more which were already exposed). ISO 100-400, B&W and color-negative. Not a single problem.

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    No issues here, with any film sent through any carry-on x-ray machine in the U.S.A. I shoot HP5, Delta 3200, and Fuji Press 800 almost exclusively for small format, especially on trips, when I try to K.I.S. and consistent as far as my selection of emulsions. (I do always bring some tungsten film, some medium-speed color transparency film, some IR820, and occasionally FP4 or T-Max 100 and 400.) No problems with NPH, NPZ, HIE, or IR820 either.
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    I have not had probs with multiple scans of hand luggage. I have heard of Paris CDG hand baggage scanners fogging film on one pass but dont know how reliable those reports are. It was interesting to see that same airport crop up several times in different threads so I would be seriously wary of this airport. Maybe its some machines at some terminals (or none), but I have not heard a reliable account of carry on fogging at other airports. I ask for hand checks if I can to reduce overall exposure, esp of D3200.

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    Tom, I've been through Paris, CDG airport, with film twice and had no problems.

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    Scanned both times in Paris, I've never yet had an occasion where film hasn't been scanned at at nay airport.

    I have had film hand searched by passing a metal detector all over the clear bag containing only film then the security guy just put it through the scanner aterwards !!!

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    re my previous post:
    I remove the outer wrapper for hand checking because one time I was asked to do that (I forget where - I think Milan, Italy) on film I hadn't used so I figured it is easier to make it as easy as possible for the airport personal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreyg View Post
    re my previous post:
    I remove the outer wrapper for hand checking because one time I was asked to do that (I forget where - I think Milan, Italy) on film I hadn't used so I figured it is easier to make it as easy as possible for the airport personal.
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    Yes, make it easy, be polite, and don't do what one fellow I met did and grab the airport inspector by the shoulders as he was about to pull the exposed 4x5 plates apart to inspect them. Unless, of course, if they are your life's work and can never be re-captured--then do as you see fit.
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    It happened to me once with a couple of rolls of 120 film (FP4+). I was back in London from a trip to Turkey and found that some rolls (about 2 out of 20) had strange sinusoidal patterns on them. At the time I wasn't sure that it was due to an airport scanner, but years later after following a link here at APUG I saw sample pictures of film with x-ray damage; it was the same pattern. The film was bought in London and checked through x-ray at Heathrow and Istanbul airports.

    Having said all that, I travel quite frequently by plane (with film) and this was the only time there was a problem.

    Cheers

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    Today I was surprised. I developed a roll that I accidentally packed in the checked luggage. There was no trace of fogging! Made my day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rternbach View Post
    Anyone have any success requesting alternative inspections of carry-on film: visual, manual, or hand in lieu of scanning? My experience has been inconsistent in this regard.
    It really does depend on who is running the scanner. On a recent trip to Peru we went through security in Charlotte (NC), Lima, Cuzco, Lima again, and Atlanta. The only refusal for a hand-check was the first time through Lima, where the guy politely but assertively told me the machine was safe and to send the film through. On the return in Lima the woman running the scanner reached for my Ziploc film bag and did a hand-check before I had time to ask (the place was busy both times).

    In the U.S. I had a security officer sigh at the sight of my bag of ~60 35mm rolls and suggest I just send it through the scanner; before I could respond another security guy came up, checked a few rolls by hand, told me he was a photographer, and let me through.

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