Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/16

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Subject: [Leica] Re: New aviation rules
From: "Sal DiMarco,Jr." <>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 15:24:15 -0400

    First of all, putting your film in your checked baggage is as good as
throwing it away. They have been x-raying checked baggage for sometime now.
One of the more popular machines in current use has a 100% record for
fogging film.
    If you use these lead foil bags, all they will do is up the power until
they can see through it (which means through two layers of lead foil) or
they will hold your bag. So, you arrive at your destination with out your
    The new regulation still allow hand inspection in the US. I would get to
the airport early and ask for it. The old rules still apply, use clear
plastic bags, remove the boxes, etc.
    Remember, one of two hits from the X-ray machines will not hurt most all
film, it's the repeated hits that do damage.
    And, most importantly of all DO NOT argue with the security people.
Happy Snaps,
Sal DiMarco, Jr.
Philadelphia, PA

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