Re: X-Rayed film

From: David Kidman (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jun 15 2008 - 23:57:19 PDT

Here are a couple of links that might help you at the airport - Do
Not X-Ray stickers and Kodak's advice for moving picture stock (never
x-ray), neither I nor any of my students have failed to get a hand
search using them.
You have to print them, of course.

You can change the language in the link simply by replacing /en/ by /
fr/ for French, /de/ for German, /es/ etc. and you get the version

for the stickers

David Kidman

Le 15 juin 08 à 23:15, Pip Chodorov a écrit :

> Here's some airport advice: If you tell them you are a
> "professional" - that is the key word - and that you are pushing
> your stock to be developed at 2000ASA - and it helps to stick some
> of that yellow "Do-Not-Xray" tape on the film boxes, then chances
> are good that they'll call a police officer and do a hand check.
> They tend to believe what you say about the ASA regardles of what
> is written on the box. As soon as I say "professional" they wrinkle
> their eyebrows, consult their superiors and try and help out.
> Unless their superior is cranky and couldn't care less.
> I noticed the new super-8 packaging for Tri-X and Ektachrome 64 say
> "Protect from heat and x-ray" on the box. Kodachrome boxes never
> mentioned that, and none of the 100-ft 16mm load boxes mention that
> even today for newer stocks. The security officers look for that
> notice if you insist that the film should not be x-rayed. They'll
> argue with you if it does not say that. Get the tape.
> Another good trick is always to carry a dud cartridge you don't
> care about, then say that this one is only 400 ASA but the others
> are 2000 and shouldn't be x-rayed. As long as you seem honest and
> are allowing one or two to go through, they like to believe there
> is a good reason the others should be hand-checked. (In some cases
> that means opening each one and showing the first few inches of raw
> film.)
> Don't use lead envelopes - they'll only crank up the xrays to see
> what's inside.
> When carrying a splicer, pack it vertically so they will be seeing
> the blades from the top down.
> And if it has to go through the machine, the film will probably be
> OK. James Schneider made a nice film this year showing the effects
> of hundreds of passes through the heavy duty machines. By the 16th
> or 32nd pass you begin to see the image turning white, but 2-4
> passes are still relatively OK.
> -Pip Chodorov
> At 18:34 +0300 14/06/08, Ekrem Serdar wrote:
>> Thanks!
>> Puts my cold heart to rest. Asking politely has never failed me in
>> the U.S, and never before here either. Yet once the person says,
>> despite all your protesting niceties, "Sir, we've been trained in
>> this", something in me decides to stay quiet.
>> cheers!
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