February 27th, 2002

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Kodak warning: "New Baggage Scanning Equipment Can Jeopardize Your Film"

Kodak, February 18, 2002: "New Baggage Scanning Equipment Can Jeopardize Your Film"

http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/tib/tib5201.shtml

This applies even to regular consumer film which can get severely damaged (see pictures for yourself).

According to FAA regulations (FAA Reg. 108, section 17e), passengers in US airports have right to insist on film and photographic equipment be hand-examined and not scanned.

"No certificate holder may use an X-ray system to inspect carry-on or checked articles unless a sign is posted in a conspicuous place at the screening station and on the X-ray system which notifies passengers that such items are being inspected by an X-ray and advises them to remove all X-ray, scientific, and high-speed film from carry-on and checked articles before inspection. This sign shall also advise passengers that they may request that an inspection be made of their photographic equipment and film packages without exposure to an X-ray system. If the X-ray system exposes any carry-on or checked articles to more than 1 milliroentgen during the inspection, the certificate holder shall post a sign which advises passengers to remove film of all kinds from their articles before inspection. If requested by passengers, their photographic equipment and film packages shall be inspected without exposure to an X-ray system."

http://www.faa.gov/avr/AFS/FARS/far-108.txt