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X-rays at airports (I) - 01/15/2003
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"Do X-Rays Harm My Film?
Just a brief note to inform you about the problems many of our customers are having at airports relative to film inspection using x-rays.

The need to thoroughly inspect all parcels is understood in light of recent terrorist activities. International travel is especially taxing because international airports are becoming less and less receptive to permitting hand inspection, primarily because of the volume of people that pass through these airports on a daily basis.

Therefore, there are some things the air traveler with film should know.

The once popular lead-lined carry bags aren't practical today because if an inspector can't see through the bag, he will increase the intensity of the x-ray until he can. Therefore, film may receive more harmful radiation than it would otherwise if it were normally inspected.

Checked baggage x-rays are more powerful than carry-on inspection x-rays so, if possible, always carry your film and ask for hand inspection. When carrying motion picture film, also carry a changing bag so the inspector can put their hands in the bag and inspect the film. If inspectors refuse to hand-inspect, at least the amount of radiation the film receives will be less than if it were shipped as checked baggage.

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