Air Travel Security and Electronic Media,
Some airports will hand inspect film others will not. The TSA operates on the premise that x-ray will not
hurt low-speed film. ( below ISO 800) In the US you can request a hand inspection.
Put film in clear plastic bags for a quick hand inspection. Some travelers use the lead-lined shield which
will trigger a hand inspection.
TSA claims that films below ISO 800 will survive up to 5 X-rays at the level used in airports and this is
the standard they have adopted.
(Exceptions for pushed film, underexposed film and special films) See Link
Even on a domestic round trip flight you could go through more than five inspections
Your best bet is to get to the security check early before the rush puts the inspectors on edge. Try for a
hand inspection. Have the film in a clear plastic bag or bags and explain calmly that you have
professional film, that will go through several checkpoints, and that you can not risk damage. You can do
no more than that unless you can buy your film in the country you visit and have it processed there.
Film should not go in checked luggage were the x-ray used is much more powerful.
Connections: Most countries use the TSA Guidelines or similar security procedures.
Save Time by making Realistic connections that take into account the security checks
and customs immigration checks.
When booking a flight, be realistic about your ability to get from one gate to another and go through
security in time to make a connection. Often, even on a domestic flight you might be required to pass
through security more than once. Have a little cushion of time between connections, two hours on
domestic and three on international will reduce anxiety during connections.
Security Metal Detector:
Wear no metal through security. Glasses, belts, shoes, coins, and keys, will set off the alarm and subject
you to delay and possible search. Put all digital media and everything of metal in your carry-on and pass
it through the x-ray. A search could separate you from your carry-on and delay you.
One of the quickest ways to save time
and your electronic equipment is to
check the Transportation Security
Administration, TSA, website
During air travel get your electronic media,
computer, camera, flash drive, digital remote hard
drives safely through airport security.
Electronic media can safely go through the X ray
security check with carry-on luggage.
Save anxiety at the air travel terminal
by having the latest information on
carry-on restrictions, transporting film,
digital equipment, medicines, liquids,
face creams, perfumes and other
normally carry-on items.
The Transportation Safety Authority TSA
publishes a helpful web page that details the
latest security procedures. These tips can
save you time and money through security
Computer, Camera, Memory
During the Air Travel security inspection, your
Electronic Media, Computer,Camera, Flash
Drive, and Digital Remote Hard Drives can
safely go through the X-ray as part of your
Electronic media should not go through the
Although people have carried jump drives
through without problem, the experts
recommend that it is best not to wear a flash
drive or jump drive or carry one in your pocket
when passing through the metal detector. At
the least you will be stopped for a search.
In the body scanners carry only your passport in your hand and you will go through quickly
Wear no metal through security. Glasses,
belts, shoes, coins, and keys, will set off the
alarm and subject you to delay and search.
Put computers and power supply in a
separate plastic container and pass it
through the x-ray.
Remote hard drives should go in the plastic
boxes provided by security and passed
through the X-ray.
Flash drives should go in your carry-on bag and passed through the X-Ray.
Computer, Camera, Flash
Drive, Digital Remote
Hard should go in carry on
luggage through X-ray
Digital Media/Storage, Flash
Drive, Remote Hard Drives
Digital Camera and Storage
Media can go through the x-ray but
should not go through the metal
Computer equipment could go in
checked luggage but this is not
The luggage will receive extremely
harsh treatment and a possible
hand inspection. You are not
allowed to lock luggage and
therefore your equipment will be
vulnerable to rough handling and
Air travel tips on getting your digital equipment through security include a familiarizarion with the TSA Guidlines