I wasn't aware that the lead bags triggered a "hand search" at the carry on inspection. I guess it makes sense but, I've never used one. On domestic flights in the US, I have always asked for all of my film to be hand inspected using the exact procedure outlined above (film out of box and handed to inspector in clear plastic zip lock bags with a very simple "please do not x-ray my film"). Never had any problems -- even with nothing faster than 400ISO in the bag. But, that was all roll film on domestic flights (and never in Las Vegas ).
Originally Posted by roteague