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    2 Times Through Airport X-Ray OK?

    Hello All,

    I just finished a short 3 day vacation trip and came back with 15 rolls of film ready for development. I had a blast shooting both my Nikon FM2 and Fuji GA645. Next week, I am off for another trip, this time one that will require air travel. I was planning to shoot this trip with my digital gear, but since I had so much fun with my film gear, I am reconsidering. I am 100% unsure of where to buy film at my location and so would have to bring my own. It is very unsure to me if I can get the film hand inspected at the airport. I can try, but no promises can be made.

    So, assuming the worst, my film would have to go through the X Ray machine twice, once there and once back. I plan on brining only ISO100 and ISO400 speed film.

    What level of risk is there with this film being harmed by such treatment? Would you proceed with this totally unworried, or would you be concerned?

    Thanks everyone!

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    Is that all ? Just twice is nothing provided it was the carry on scanners, seriously some of my films have been through airport and port scanners over 20 times, I gave up worrying years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Is that all ? Just twice is nothing provided it was the carry on scanners, seriously some of my films have been through airport and port scanners over 20 times, I gave up worrying years ago.

    Ian
    HUGE thanks! I shall not worry then.

    Thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    What level of risk is there with this film being harmed by such treatment? Would you proceed with this totally unworried, or would you be concerned?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Is that all ? Just twice is nothing provided it was the carry on scanners, seriously some of my films have been through airport and port scanners over 20 times, I gave up worrying years ago.

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    Usually, the X-ray scan for hand luggage should not cause any fog for film up to a sensitivity of ISO 800. As I understood, the dosage of X-ray for checked luggage may be stronger. On a recent trip I had my and luggage scanned three times and I had ISO 200 and 400 film. No problem at all.

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    Five scans on recent trip (carry on of course), no issues whatsoever.

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    Don't worry. Be happy.
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    No problem with twice through the scanner for me either. 400 was fastest speed, some exposed some not. All carry on baggage.

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    Ask for hand checking. I always do. That way there is nothing to worry about. The more film, and more exotic film (120 or 4x5), the less objection there is. One time is safe for 800, 2 for 400, 3 for 200 and 4 for 100. That's just 2 trips. No way I'm subjecting my film to that. It's not just the cost of film, but also hotels, plane ticket and rental car, that you're risking to get your shots. And my granddaughter is 10 months old only once.
    “You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.” - John Galt

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