Re: [Frameworks] Film and Airport Security in India

From: Marco Poloni (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jul 04 2010 - 13:43:44 PDT

There's a trick I have used with quite some success in airports. It's a bit
pushy but in a way I beileve it is decent tactics, knowing that the X-ray
gate operators have zero experience of the real effects of x-ray radiation
on film, even with “1600 ISO guaranteed" machines, for which no one has been
able yet to tell me whether this is a claim that holds true.
Download some “Kodak Professional Film“ labels and add “3200 ISO”. Print
them on Avery Stickers and glue them to the film cartridges. At the gate,
explain that this is film that will be pushed well beyond the 1600 ISO
safety line.
The issue then is that, contrarily to 35mm photo rolls, Super-8 cartridges
are big enough to hide a cutting device inside. Against that, there is no
argument. That's when having a gentle, collaborating attitude might help.
Hope this helps.

On 4 July 2010 21:47, Shobun Baile <email suppressed> wrote:

> I'm planning on taking a small amount, maybe 10 rolls, of color negative
> super 8 stock with me to India. I have read the threads on X-ray machines in
> airport security but I did not encounter anyone with specific experience in
> India.
> Just based on my past experiences in the Delhi and Mumbai airports, the
> people working security can be extremely pushy and unwilling to listen to
> your concerns. Does anyone know if I would be able to request hand
> inspection for my film in India? Or does is there any official documentation
> of India-specific laws I can print out and refer to? Any experiences in
> India with motion picture film and airport security would be very helpful.
> Shobun
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