My wife and I will be cruising on the Galaxy on Oct. 19. We will be bringing some disposable cameras and a video camera. What is the best way to get film and video tapes through airport security without too much hassle and without damaging the tapes and film?
I disagree with advice about putting film thru the X-Ray at the airport security check point. I had a fresh roll of 100 ASA speed film that I had forgotten and left in the bottom of my carry-on photo bag and subsequently went through the srecurity X-ray machines at a number of airports over the next few months. I then used the film and got the photos processed. The whole roll had a dark cast to all the photos. The other rolls of film that I had passed around the X-Ray machines did not get damaged. It appears that multiple passes through the X-Ray will affect any film of any speed. From now on, I put all my film in large zip-lock bags and pass it around the X-Ray machines. I do the same for my camera if I have film in it. I haven't had any problem with the film since.
I made a similar post earlier this year on one of CruiseMates message boards and I got a response from someone who has a worse experience-all his cruise photos were completely ruined from repeatedly passing his film through the X-Ray machine. You take a chance with your film EVERY time it goes through the machine. This caution only applies to regular,chemical processed film. Digital photographt is different and shouldn't be affected by X-Rays-as far as I know. Be "safe", rather than "sorry".