Air Travel Security: TSA Guidelines Transportation Safety Authority
  • Connections:
Most countries use the TSA Guidelines ( ) or similar security procedures.  Save Time by making Realistic connections
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 unpleasant surprises.

  • Security:
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 everything of metal in your carry-on including electronic equipment and pass it through the x-ray.
If you trigger a search you could be separated from your carry-on for a few minutes so it is best to thoroughly label your luggage both inside and out.

  • Digital Media/Storage:

Digital Camera and Storage Media
: A digital camera and its storage media can go through the x-ray but should not go through the metal detector. The equipment could go in checked luggage (not recommended)  but might receive extremely harsh treatment and a possible hand inspection. Laptops should go outside of their case through the x-ray with carry-on luggage. Image tanks and remote hard drives will not be harmed by the x-ray inspection.  Check the link to TSA for additional info:

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)   You have a right in the US to ask for a hand inspection.
Put film in clear plastic bags for a quick hand inspection of  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.

  • Wear No Metal:
It is important that you do not have any metal on your person when going through the check station because if the inspectors do a body scan you will be separated from your carry-on luggage for a time and there have been instances where, under the stressful conditions at the security checks, people have taken the wrong luggage. (bags tend to look similar.)
By attaching a bright red card with your contact info on both your checked and on your carry-on luggage you can distinguish your bags.
Check the Transportation Security Administration, TSA, website
The Transportation Safety Authority publishes a helpful web page listing the latest security procedures.  These tips can save you time and money through security check points.
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.
Air travel security can be easier on the traveler who checks the TSA website
Air Travel Security: TSA Guidelines Transportation Safety Authority
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 check points.
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