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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Thank you for doing that test and sharing the results.

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    A very useful report, Arne. Thanks for including the details. For absolute clarity... this was after a single exposure?

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    A very useful report, Arne. Thanks for including the details. For absolute clarity... this was after a single exposure?
    Yes Brian, that was one single run through that machine. BOTH films shown went through 3 regular (non-CT) carry-on X-ray machines in addition, so the difference you see is just the one pass through the ClearScan machine.

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    I expect this type machine to be used in many more places, other than airports.

    Buses, trains, government buildings and shopping Malls for starters...

    Thanks for testing
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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Bizarrely, I just flew to the UK from Schiphol (Amsterdam, NL) and found a slightly different scanning problem. I did indeed have a film camera with me, but was planning to scrounge a few rolls of HP5+ 120 from my sister and develop that before returning, so the potential photography problem was avoided.

    As this was a Christmas visit, I took two large stollen cakes with me as gifts and these were immediately flagged as suspicious. Apparently the almond-paste with which they are filled appears 'suspicious' on the colourised, 3-D, hand-baggage scanners, so the two cakes were swab-tested - with apologies from the staff - before being cleared through. Apparently this is not an unusual event for cakes containing almond-paste. Very strange.

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    I had same problem a few years ago at Heathrow with toffee. I was told it was a “density detection” that initiated a second look.

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinP View Post
    Bizarrely, I just flew to the UK from Schiphol (Amsterdam, NL) and found a slightly different scanning problem. I did indeed have a film camera with me, but was planning to scrounge a few rolls of HP5+ 120 from my sister and develop that before returning, so the potential photography problem was avoided.

    As this was a Christmas visit, I took two large stollen cakes with me as gifts and these were immediately flagged as suspicious. Apparently the almond-paste with which they are filled appears 'suspicious' on the colourised, 3-D, hand-baggage scanners, so the two cakes were swab-tested - with apologies from the staff - before being cleared through. Apparently this is not an unusual event for cakes containing almond-paste. Very strange.
    Could the cake been mistaken for a plastic explosive on the X-ray?

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Well, thank you, Arne, for sacrificing a bit of your own film to prevent other people ruining their own.

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Could the cake been mistaken for a plastic explosive on the X-ray?
    I asked the security person what was the reason and she politely refused to give any details. I suppose the almond-paste filling could have been appearing as something 'hidden' inside the cake, or the sugar and almond mixture might share some chemical characteristics of improvised explosives. In either case, the whole problem was dealt with thoroughly inside a couple of minutes, but it was unusual as it isn't the first time I have taken that brand of cake through that airport (a regular present at Christmas time).

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    Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    My "The Pod" Bean Bags always get flagged.

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