30th April 2004, 05:19 PM
exposure of films thru check-in
does anyone know if it is safe to pack unused film and check them thru custom on a flight? will they be exposed when going thru the check-in belts? or is it better to purchase new films at the new destination?
30th April 2004, 05:24 PM
Hand carry them, don't put them in your checked baggage. If you are not using high speed film, ie >800, you should be fine. If you are really scared, ask the customs guy nicely to handcheck your film, though they might refuse.
30th April 2004, 05:28 PM
and they may ask you to put through the x-ray and increase the dosage.
30th April 2004, 05:32 PM
sure thing. thanks for ya help!
30th April 2004, 05:35 PM
so far i have put unused colour neg and slide film on hand luggage (and then exposed film on the return trip) and it does not seem to be a problem. i have read that checked-in luggage goes through larger machines which can potentially zap film - never tried.
to be very safe i guess you can ask them to hand-inspect.
i looked up some other photog's experiences, and this one looks interesting enough:
30th April 2004, 05:38 PM
increase dosage?!! woahhhh... anyway i have never asked them to hand-inspect either.
30th April 2004, 05:43 PM
I guess if its a simple return trip its ok. If you have to take a few flights and or other security checks on locations, than it will be a problem.
I have tried before when I report to the press centre a few times a day in HK, unused films that I had with me were all fogged.
But its also true that check-in luggages are subject to higher dose of x ray.
30th April 2004, 05:50 PM
Originally Posted by igpenguin
interesting read. even tho it's only one test, certainly put my mind at ease