While I was waiting for my transit flight, I felt an itch to go for a totally non-scientific experiment – let the films (without the lead bag) in my carry-on baggage go through x-ray machines
I’m about to head out to photograph some cool rock formations in NW New Mexico and am thinking about what cameras to bring and which films. Refreshing myself about how to manage film through airports and found the article above helpful for showing what happens.
Here’s a summary:
- Never leave your film in the checked luggage!
- Up to ISO 800 films should be okay in carry on screening machines
- X-rays are cumulative (for people too) the more the higher chance of problems.
- Ship film to location when possible
- Cinema film and high ISO film should be hand inspected when possible – to make everyone’s life easier have your film in a clear plastic back already removed from the boxes.