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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    I hope you don't mind if I use this thread to update you all about this:
    https://petapixel.com/2019/10/21/bew...r-camera-film/

    Does anyone have very recent experiences with this?

    As some of you may know (I opened a thread about my trip months ago) I'm about to fly to LAX in a couple of days from Italy (stopover in Frankfurt).
    I'm very very concerned about film now. I'll be going through the security checkpoint at LAX on my return flight and obviously I'll have my 4x5 film boxes with the original seals broken.
    How am I going to go back home without having a thousand dollars worth of film fried?
    Even if I ask for a hand check, should I provide them with my changing bag?
    This thought is already ruining my vacation.

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Quote Originally Posted by afxstudio View Post
    I hope you don't mind if I use this thread to update you all about this:
    https://petapixel.com/2019/10/21/bew...r-camera-film/

    Does anyone have very recent experiences with this?

    As some of you may know (I opened a thread about my trip months ago) I'm about to fly to LAX in a couple of days from Italy (stopover in Frankfurt).
    I'm very very concerned about film now. I'll be going through the security checkpoint at LAX on my return flight and obviously I'll have my 4x5 film boxes with the original seals broken.
    How am I going to go back home without having a thousand dollars worth of film fried?
    Even if I ask for a hand check, should I provide them with my changing bag?
    This thought is already ruining my vacation.
    I saw that article today, and found this TSA website. I searched and found that at my home airport (Atlanta), it looks like 2 CT scanners are in place in the International Terminal. It looks like we now have to do research before traveling to see if these scanners are in place or look for the blue LED illuminated machines.

    https://www.tsa.gov/computed-tomography

    Of course, the question remains how to get the film home. Do we know if/when such scanners are used but uSPS, or other carriers like UPS, FedEx or DHL? It looks like the PITA factor of shooting film and getting it home has just mag fiord severalfold...quite unfortunately.

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Wonder if TSA "precheck" will work better for this ?

    Les

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Quote Originally Posted by Leszek Vogt View Post
    Wonder if TSA "precheck" will work better for this ?

    Les
    I have Precheck and there were no CT scanners that I can recall in Atlanta, though I'm not sure this will remain the case. I can envision TSA wanting to "automate" all bag scanning, which of course you do with x-rays, radiation or magnetism. And if those tools happen to affect a negligible bunch of travelers...they won't care. This is definitely concerning.

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Quote Originally Posted by Leszek Vogt View Post
    Wonder if TSA "precheck" will work better for this ?

    Les
    Precheck as of now allows you to keep your shoes on, use the metal detector gate instead of the scanner, and you can leave your electronics and liquids in the bag, but that bag still goes through the X-ray system, so it won't help. From what I read, Atlanta has only installed the new CT scanners in the international terminal so far.

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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Croell View Post
    Precheck as of now allows you to keep your shoes on, use the metal detector gate instead of the scanner, and you can leave your electronics and liquids in the bag, but that bag still goes through the X-ray system, so it won't help. From what I read, Atlanta has only installed the new CT scanners in the international terminal so far.
    Anne, I’ve found no fogging or “sine wave ghosts” in any of the sub800 speed film I’ve sent through scanners. Not yet courages enough to try the box of Tri-X that got checked by accident. The problem of what to do with exposed film (hand check request has backfired in the past, as no factory seal is present) and inconvenience of maybe not being able to load at home is on my mind.

    Do we really need 3D visibility into all possessions in a bag to “keep us safe”? Different question, I suppose.

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