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Re: filmscanners: X-ray scanners/etc

Pre 9/11 there was an FAA regulation which required all reasonable
requests for hand inspection of film to be carried out by personnel, as
long as you gave adequate time prior to boarding for them to do so.

This is/was a requirement.  And please, don't ask me to cite chapter and
verse, because I don't have it in front of me, nor do I have time to
track it down.  It is probably on the FAA website somewhere.

However, with all the special legislation coming down, it also might
have been revoked since 9/11...

"Freedom's just another word, for nothing left to lose..."


Jack Phipps wrote:

 >>From the Kodak site:
 > In the United States, at the boarding gates for domestic flights,
 > regulations require that x-ray inspection be conducted only with 
 > devices. These devices subject luggage to less than 1 milliroentgen 
of x-ray
 > exposure per inspection, which should not perceptibly fog most 
 > films. However, the effects of x-rays on film are cumulative. It is
 > therefore possible for films to be significantly fogged by repeated
 > exposures of less than 1 milliroentgen each but totaling 5 
milliroentgens or
 > higher. If you carry any very high-speed films, request a visual 
 > So, when you travel within the United States, requests for visual
 > inspections should be unnecessary--unless more than five inspections are
 > encountered with the same film or when you carry very high-speed 
films. In
 > general, it is a good idea to avoid repeated exposure of your film to
 > x-rays.
 > Jack
 > -----Original Message-----
 > From: clivemoss@netscape.net [mailto:clivemoss@netscape.net]
 > Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 5:35 PM
 > To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
 > Subject: RE: RE: filmscanners: X-ray scanners/etc
 > Jack Phipps <JPhipps@asf.com> wrote:
 >>I just got back from NYC in early November. They would not let me have my
 >>film hand inspected.
 > No need for hand inspection in the uSA. Regular airport X-Rays do not 
 > 400 ASA film. I have flown many hundreds of times over the last 25 
years in
 > the USA, always with a camera. Never had a visible problem.
 > Checked baggage will be x-rayed with a more powerful machine -- 
certain to
 > damage film. Never check undeveloped film.
 > Non-US machines may vary, and may zap your film -- I have only had a few
 > dozen trips through european x-rays, with no noticable trouble, but evey
 > country could be different.
 > .


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