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    Film and airport x-ray machines?

    I hope this is the right place to post this question. I have not had to take film through airport x-ray machines for a number of years but now will be undertaking a trip that will require passing through the machines a total of six times.
    The film stock will primarily be 400 ASA Fuji colour neg and 100 ASA colour neg.
    Am I likely to have problems with fogging etc? Any tips, advice, precautions I should take etc?
    Thanks for your help.
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    Heres my two cents. most of the modern airport xrays are film safe. Especially with standard color film, you should be fine if you take a few precautions:

    1) put the film in some sort of wrapping, in between clothes in a bag. Leather works best but anything is good unless you are planning on carrying IR film.

    2) Ask a TSA person if the xray is film safe, if not, you can try to avoid the xray entirely by reasoning with a TSA person.

    3, and most important) DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT THE CHECKED LUGGAGE XRAY!!!!! NOT EVEN A THOUGHT! If you want your film safe....CARRY ON!
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    Thanks very much for all your help.
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    If it's below Iso 800 you won't have any trouble.

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    All film is fine with repeated scanning in carry on baggage. Do not check your film.
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    Remove the film from the cardboard boxes leaving it in the plastic containers. Place the film in a clear zip lock bag. Remove it from your carry on bag before your items go through the x-ray machine and ask for a hand inspection. These are the steps that I took when I flew to Washington D.C. for the inauguration and had no problems whatsoever.

    By the way, I had 40 rolls of film ranging from 25 to 3200 ISO and they inspected each roll individually by hand, no questions asked.

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    good luck!

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    Ask for a hand inspection. Don't risk it. They are likely to hand sample every roll of film for explosive residue, so plan in a few extra minutes (you never know what's in those 35mm film cartridges.) They say that the X-ray will not effect film under 800 ASA, which is a complete lie because it will effect them exactly half or a quarter as much.

    If you're worried pack slower film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberiustibz View Post
    Ask for a hand inspection. Don't risk it. They are likely to hand sample every roll of film for explosive residue, so plan in a few extra minutes (you never know what's in those 35mm film cartridges.) They say that the X-ray will not effect film under 800 ASA, which is a complete lie because it will effect them exactly half or a quarter as much.

    If you're worried pack slower film.
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    They checked all 40 rolls of my film in this manner.

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