If you travel with analogue films, especially as beginners, don’t you feel the anxiety and uncertainty when passing films through the X-ray security scan? Don’t you suspect whether the sources on internet is reliable? It’s a general rule that films with ISO 800 and higher cannot be passed through the X-ray security scan. The films will be fogged. However, it is also generally safe for ISO 800 and below for X-ray. So to me, ISO 800 is dangerous. It’s neither here nor there. Do note that multiple X-ray scans could potentially fogged the films too.
Anyway, the rule doesn’t affect me because I only use films with ISO 400 at most, now. But I remember how insecured I felt the first time I put the films through X-ray. I was worried if my images would turn out bad. They don’t.
I was flying to Bangkok just now. I have three rolls of ISO 400 (and below) films with me. I saw the queue wasn’t crowded so decided to try something. Bravely, I asked the security if he could hand check the films. He was a grumpy old man so he was reluctant and shocked. Thankfully it didn’t matter whether he did X-ray or hand check because the films won’t be damaged.
Lucky enough, his colleague, who was a young man, said no no no, films cannot be scanned. And he was kind enough to explain to everyone on duty that films need to be hand check because it will spoil the photos. Hahaha… So they hand examine the films.
Hence, I managed to lessen one X-ray scan. I have one more to try on my way back from Bangkok. I might try.
Signing off from Bangkok, Good Night!