From: Ken Paul Rosenthal (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Mar 28 2009 - 15:03:37 PDT
While the issue of taking film thru airport x-rays has been addressed extensively in this forum (I've contributed much of my own experience/knowledge), it's been some time since I've traveled with unexposed/exposed film.
As I'll be flying to New York City next week to shoot a number of abandoned mental asylums for my current doc project, I'd like to check in to see if anyone can share their recent experiences with JFK. In the past, I've found their checkers to be the most vigilant and uncompromising.
All my stock is super 8, and ranges from PX reversal b/w to 500T color negative. I'm cool with a hand check that involves opening up the boxes as well as the wrappers on each cartridge. But feel strongly about any of the stock, particularly the 500T color neg going thru the x-ray machine, despite what they say.
Additionally, am I right to presume that shipping with Fed Ex receives less x-rays than an airport scanner? Fed Ex has assured me in the past (last inquired a year ago) that they will not x-ray at all if they put a 'Exposed film. Do not x-ray' sticker on it. I mention this because one possibility is shipping my film from NYC back to SF, rather than flying with it.
Advice? Recent experiences to share, particularly with JFK?
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