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    Airport Film Hand Check

    Certainly this subject has been discussed to death. So why not a little more?

    I just took some film from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City via Beijing. This is what I found.

    I was Carrying 3 boxes of 8x10 X-Ray film in sealed boxes which were marked "X-Ray Sensitive Film" I also had 2 boxes of 5x7 film. These were in my carry on bag. I also had a rolling bag containing a 8x10 camera and an Aero Ektar lens.

    First, in Los Angeles at the international terminal. They were polite and professional. I asked for a hand check of my bag because I had film. No problem. the bag with the film was walked through to the secondary check station. There, in my presence, they opened the bag and examined the film boxes. One officer asked if he should open the box of film but his superior said absolutely not because it was legit with the factory seal. They let me repack the bag and I was good to go.

    Next in Beijing Capital Airport. Coming off my flight (and after passing through the health check mentioned in other post) I was required to have bags pass through x-ray scan before entering transit area. I asked for a hand check. no problems. They were even more polite and more professional. The bag was also walked through the x-ray station and taken to a hand check station where they took it out to look commented that the boxes were sealed and gave it back to me to pack it back into my bag.

    Finally at Ho Chi Minh City Airport they did have an x-ray station at the customs inspection station. I was waved through that so I have nothing to report there.

    Hopefully this helps anyone thinking of traveling in the near future.
    Last edited by Matt Stage; 12-Sep-2019 at 10:14.

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Good first-hand report. But how did you get the film back home? I assume that you broke the factory seal and used some of it the film while you were there.

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Think about it
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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Just paying you back for your constant snarky comments to me.

    But i am serious, about thinking about that combination of items.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Okay. So Matt moved to Vietnam for an affordable retirement and thatís his new home, or he hasnít returned yet so thereís no story to tell, or...

    Help us out rather than post a snarky content-free comment.
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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Randy Moe

    Check your posts to me

    OUT

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Iíll have to review my posting history because I donít recall you or any of your postings... unless ďtincanĒ is a second account for Sal Santamaura.

    Iím a bit taken-aback that there is pent up hostility on your part... or anyone elseís to be frank. Really?

    Back to Matt... howdy neighbor.
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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    No Mystery about the film. I took it to Vietnam to give to photographers there to use. A non-
    tax transaction may have occurred.

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    Matt, I apologize to you for stepping into your thread.

    I had a moment with BrianShaw, which we resolved in PM.

    I have no concerns about your gear or travels.

    Peace

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Stage View Post
    No Mystery about the film. I took it to Vietnam to give to photographers there to use. A non-
    tax transaction may have occurred.
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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    No worries. Just wanted to report on current airport situation, but can see how I left the story hanging. I am home in California now after a very quick trip.

    Certainly Vietnam would be a nice place to consider for retirement. I was treated exceptionally well by everyone I met there. And the food is great!

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Welcome home neighbor!

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    I have been to China twice and have never had any problem having my film hand checked. The people at the airports were very polite and professional and helpful. I do not speak any Mandarin at all but did learn the word for "film". I think that helped somewhat.

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