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RE: filmscanners: X-ray scanners/etc

I just got back from NYC in early November. They would not let me have my
film hand inspected. I begged, pleaded and threatened. The only time I could
get it hand inspected was at La Guardia. I had about 15 rolls out of boxes
in a zip lock. The took each canister out and swabbed it, about 1-2 minutes
for each. Thirty minutes later, I left with my film. My film went through
three different x-ray machines. When I changed planes in Kansas City, I had
to go through security again.

It is a real nightmare traveling with film through airports. I was told to
put my film in my checked luggage because it wasn't x-rayed. However,
sometimes it is and when it is it really gets zapped!

They seem to think that film over 1000 needs special attention as well as
medical and professional film (I pointed out that the film was professional,
but they ignored me). You might try getting some 1600 film and putting it in
with your other film or somehow document that the film is

I hope your experience is better than mine.


-----Original Message-----
From: JackG [mailto:jackg@poboxes.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 9:49 AM
To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
Subject: filmscanners: X-ray scanners/etc

I have been notified by my Professional lab and the Professional
Photographers of America not to send processed or unprocessed film through
the US mail due to the new equipment they are using.

Its is best to have all film, "hand inspected". rather than go through the
machines. I understand now that it is best to have it out of the plastic
containers and in a clear "Ziploc" bag so they can see it.

It kind of makes you wonder what it is doing to our bodies. :)

John in OKC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob Geraghty" <harper@wordweb.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: Color Negative Film Poll

| > > I'm leaving for my vacation soon, and although I'd like to evaluate my
| > > camera equipment against various films, film processing and digital
| > > post-processing, there's really no time.
| Something else comes to mind - given the current paranoia in the world,
| probably want to try to process the film in situ if you have to go through
| baggage checks.  High speed film especially may suffer if the X-ray
| are pumped up as high as they can go.  Carry the film in hand luggage - I
| think we dicussed this on the list before?
| Rob


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