Re: current x-ray machines, dv tapes, and other digital media

From: Keith Sanborn (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 14 2006 - 13:36:17 PST

Thanks. Good thoughts. Random google searches have told me there is
nothing to worry about technologically, but since the machines are
now stronger than ever, I think it would be good to share experiences
on this.

One thing suggested was that the machines used to inspect hand
luggage were less strong than the ones used to inspect checked
luggage. I don't know if this is true or not. US regulations call for
the x-raying of ALL luggage--carry-on or checked, so this website
said. The suggestion was to put media and camera in carry-on luggage.
This has the additional benefit of not being subject to theft by
baggage personnel; if this sounds paranoid, it happens too often in
New York and occasionally they get caught. That's what makes the news
and it does here occasionally. The problem with putting it all in
your carry-on luggage is fitting it all in, then keeping track of it
while you're taking off your shoes, etc etc. so that someone in line
with you doesn't walk off with it either by accident or on purpose.


>Probably not to safely predict unless one knows about the machine
>involved, the type of checkpoint, etc. Many times, I've had to
>subject miniDV tapes, CF and hard drives without event. For a few,
>small, items like DV tapes and CF chips, if you carry them in your
>pocket or hand right up to the walk-through metal detector, the
>attendant will often put them in the small tray with your car keys
>etc. and pass them around. Can only be a handful of readily
>recognized items though. Rob D.
>At 11:22 AM -0500 1/14/06, Keith Sanborn wrote:
>>Does anyone have any recent experience travelling internationally
>>and taking either dv-tapes or compact flash type media through one
>>of the current generation of x-ray machines?
>>Is it possible, or worth to try to convince people to hand search
>>your tapes and digital media, or is this unnecessary worrying?
>>Keith Sanborn
>Rob Danielson
>Film Department
>University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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