I've got a bag I take to the shooting range and set it right on the shooting bench with everything else. I emptied the empty shells out of it and went flying with it. They swabbed it and didn't detect a thing.
Maybe it wasn't the tri-x but a quality control pre-spiked swab that management puts in to make sure they are doing their work and finding stuff? I lost my TSA instruction manual that got leaked to the web, but it probably doesn't cover that anyways.
It's a photo geek joke
I think when Tri-X was invented, nitrate based film was already phased out.
Originally Posted by rpsawin
every time i travel my photo-stuff
( film and cameras ) requires a swab
and then questions .. it's probably just
standard operating procedure to swab film
and cameras ... i don't really see what the problem is ...
I can unravel the mystery.
Today TSA uses ingenious technology. The alert went off, but not because of gunpowder traces on a film canister but because you had photographed a guy on your Tri-X who had used explosives recently... well, on Iwo Jima.
Don't tell the guys at the airport, their humour was removed by surgery. Or, if you insist on telling them, don't mention my name :-)
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What he said...it's not gunshot residue, they aren't even capable of detecting smokeless powder residue.
I regularly use the same backpack for travel as I do on the range, and have for years and years...it swabs clean.
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- Rob Tyner (1944 - 1991)
When I was leaving from Cody airport, Wyoming, after a wonderful visit to Yellowstone in 2008, I requested a hand inspection of my boxed 4x5 negatives. The officers were very polite and obliged. With a corner of my eye, I noticed that a lady doing the inspection on another table was taking a swab, and it seemed to me, like she took a peek in the box. I quickly banished the thought - surely they would know about light-sensitive film, after all, I mentioned this was large format photographic film.
When I developed the negatives, I managed to salvage only the very few at the bottom of each pack. All the top ones were fully overexposed, and all of them had overexposed perimeters. The hand inspection was thorough, indeed.
This taught me never to ask for a hand inspection again, to tape my negative boxes shut using stronger tape, and to plan a return visit to Yellowstone.
Rafal, you have to watch them like a hawk when they have your stuff. They will try to distract you.
Too much credit.
Originally Posted by jp498
Some wag from years ago in the old Usenet News had a signature line that said, "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
Or, as George Carlin used to say, "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
It's just "Security Theater". By maximally inconveniencing us, they look like they are being "tough on terrorism". The Europeans have had the right approach to terrorism for years -- be resilient and cope with it. The more you react, the more they get what they wanted.
Meanwhile, Delvonte Tisdale stowed away in the wheel-well of a commercial jet. Could have had a lot of explosives with him. The system is a farce. A shame it didn't work well enough to prevent his death. But it's all about elections, not results...