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Thread: Traveling by Air In July: How should I handle LF Film?

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    Re: Traveling by Air In July: How should I handle LF Film?

    It's been a few years since I've flown with film, but when I've asked for hand inspection, they just swab the exterior and lip of the Ziplock I keep the film in. Their concern would be any residue left on the baggie, which will set off the alarm. Which mine did, but can't remember why. This sent me for the up close and personal choice of full body scan or a pat down. I went for the buy me dinner first pat down since the body scans were new and people were rightly concerned, at the time. Usually I just let the film sail through the machine. But with the new technology, I'd ask for the hand inspection.
    notch codes ? I only use one film...

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    the Docter is in Arne Croell's Avatar
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    Huntsville, AL

    Re: Traveling by Air In July: How should I handle LF Film?

    Quote Originally Posted by nitroplait View Post
    For this experiment, obviously it did.
    I have only heard statements like yours often repeated, but never seen the results.
    I am not sure if you are referring to my post above (#35), but that was NOT checked luggage, that was carry-on with one of the new CT scanners. I would expect checked luggage CT scanners to have a similar effect.

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    Re: Traveling by Air In July: How should I handle LF Film?

    I recently returned from a family trip to France (June, 2022). I took four sheets of Ilford FP4+ in 4x5 (3 exposed, 1 unexposed) and ran a 'scanner fogging test' on our return flights. All four sheets were in a TMAX-100 nested box and bagged in the Ilford bag within the nested boxes. Outbound, both flights were US in origin, only went through security once - TSA readily accepted a hand check request. Return flights; Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Heathrow - went through security at each airport.

    At CDG, there was no way they were going to do a hand inspection - at least that was the impression they gave me when I asked if they'd hand-inspect the disposable camera my daughter had taken on the trip. Granted, I'm not fluent in French, but I did give an honest effort to make the request in French. At Heathrow, had I pressed, they seemed like they would have done a hand inspection. One of the inspectors at Heathrow even went to a supervisor to ask what film speed was safe to run through the scanner - he was told 800 and below. I'm not up to speed on the scanner technology, but these appeared to be a newer variety, presuming they were CT scanners at both airports.

    I've developed and scanned two of the negatives; the blank/unexposed negative and the one attached. I can't see any discernible fogging/impact on the negative that would leave me to believe it was a result of being run through the scanners. The unexposed sheet looks consistency black, albeit with what looks like some dust and residual water marks during drying. Note to self; do a better job at removing the water when hanging the negatives up to dry.

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