leaving long beach port paradise carnival
taking 3 rolls 400 speed film, high speed film, will customs hand exam film if I ask nicely? , photo lab said 400 speed prob will be ruined by xray.
Yes, just make sure you don't put film in your checked luggage, especially if you are flying down. We've had camera's and film go through the carry on scanners and have had no problem, but if you ask, I'm sure they will hand scan that for you.
Unless you are singled out for some reason, Customs won't be looking at anything .
Are you flying?.If yes, TSA will inspect your carryon. They will hand check 800 speed or higher film. 400 speed will not be impacted by even several passes through carry on scanners. It will be impacted by check through scanners. Never put film in a checked in bag.
Unless they've changed the rules recently, they're supposed to hand inspect if you ask. In practice, it has always varied according to the mood of the person at the scanner. They may try to say they're consistent, but they aren't.
Theroretically, the scanners at the security checkpoints will not harm film up to and including 400 ASA. However, what they don't tell you is that x-radiation is cumulative, so it's multiple scans that are likely to do you in. The other thing that can nail you is an out-of-whack machine. They're supposed to be calibrated, but you know how it goes.
Best you can do is ask for hand inspection. If you fail in your efforts, try to have the film processed before you return so you don't run the risk of multiple doses. And of, course, at all costs keep film out of checked baggage, where it will definitely be fried.
The best thing to do is remove the film from the box and plastic cannister. Put it in a zip lock bag and place it in the tray that does not go through the machine. This way the film will not be x-rayed. It can be visually seen that it is truly film. I have been thanked many times by using this method by the people behind me that I do not delay the line and also by the TSA.
Keeping the film in the original box and cannister will be scanned. If you wish, keep the plastic cannisters in a carry on/ purse and place the film back after you have passed the x-ray.
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we do what Y2C suggests, take the film out of the pouches and the canisters, put it in a ziploc bag,and place it in the tray for items to be hand-checked. Most agents appreciate the fact that you have made this effort, we always ask to have the film hand checked just to be on the safe side.