Taking underwater cameras through airport security??
Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:47 PM
Is it only film that has been used that gets ruined by the Xray? If so, I can warn guest to take them as a carry on on their way back home & make sure they don't go through the xray.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:14 PM
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:16 PM
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:23 PM
X-ray's don't harm cameras. They harm film. So if your camera is loaded with film - and it should be - your concern should be for the film in it, not for the camera itself.
Will airport X-rays harm your film? Yes, they can...but you usually don't have to worry, according to NYI. Here's why. The X-ray machines in all American airports and most overseas international airports will not harm your film, provided your film is X-rayed just once or twice. So if you're flying to Disneyland or Hawaii or London and back, your film should not be harmed by the airport X-ray machines.
A problem arises, however, if your film is X-rayed more than a couple of times. X-rays are cumulative. The second dose adds to the first. The third to the second. And so on. Eventually, your film will be harmed by the accumulation of X-rays. So if you're going on a multi-leg trip, beware. Insist that your camera and film be hand-inspected on each leg of your journey. Security personnel are required to heed your request in the U.S., and the inconvenience is minor.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:24 PM
Thanks for the expert advice! What do you think of buying cameras that expired 2 years ago. Will they still work? A lot of sites sell old underwater cameras for cheap.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:25 PM
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:26 PM
Also, a lesson I learned. . .when they say it only takes pics in bright sunlight, they MEAN it!!! Lol! I tried to take some pics in the hot tub in our room with it (I was on my honeymoon!! and anyway, seemed safer than the digital in case I dropped it! lol!) and not a SINGLE one turned out! It's not like it was pitch black in that room either. But yeah - it only works outside in the bright, tropical sunshine! ;-)
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