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    I just got back from a trip to Washington DC, where some Superia 1600 i had got scanned at least 8 times, maybe more - i just got tired of getting a hand check every time we'd go through security. If it's fogged, i honestly can't see it.

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    I have a set of boxes that I use for film (exposed and unexposed) when traveling. Each box has a very prominent label - in red - stating that it contains photographic film and must not be opened in daylight. Each box is carefully wrapped with a heavy colorless shipping tape so that the box has a completely 'plastic' surface. Then, prior to leaving for the airport, I seal each box with a strip of blue painter's tape (chosen so that it peels cleanly off the 'plasticized' surface of the box).

    Finally, I let everything go through the scanner.

    My experience is that most of the time the inspector's haven't actually looked at the boxes. I've had one instance where the inspector did a wipe test of a film holder, and one other where he wanted to engage in conversation. But no inspector has challenged the packaging or attempted to open a box. I do carry a changing bag 'just in case' (I read somewhere that TSA inspectors are trained in the use of changing bags).
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    The TSA are horrible when it comes to hand inspecting. Every time I have gone through (in the USA) they refused to hand inspect my films. They are just about the rudest people I have come across....In Australia, their TSA are really great! They are so easy to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    The TSA are horrible when it comes to hand inspecting. Every time I have gone through (in the USA) they refused to hand inspect my films. They are just about the rudest people I have come across....In Australia, their TSA are really great! They are so easy to work with.
    Interesting. I've never met a rude TSA agent yet, neither here in PR nor in the continental USA. I've had them do the swab test with film, which I usually carry unboxed in a clear ziplock bag. Once I carried 120 film still in the boxes, and the agent in Raleigh NC unboxed and unwrapped each roll to swab it. It took a little while, but he was quite pleasant. Never have they refused nor even balked at a hand check.
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    I usually have a changing bag with me when I'm traveling with a lot of camera equipment, but mainly in case of an emergency in the field where I may have to open a camera or a filmholder, because something's not right.
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