Quote Originally Posted by Trask View Post
Dr David -- and what does TSA do when they X-ray your bag? I've had to try to explain to them what a lens is, all the while hoping they don't drop the thing ("step back, sir, and don't touch!") They simply cannot comprehend what a Leica IIIa it, much less a SWC, and why I'd want to carry it with me.
I stop those problems by telling them that the camera and each lens costs more than one month of their pay. They then become very cooperative and work with me on any inspections.

EDIT: I see that I addressed it before. I hand them a bag of film and tell them if they open anything in the bag, that they get to not only pay for it, they also have to go out a buy it. They settle for a visual inspection and a swab on the outside for nitrogen detection.