Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/07/30

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Subject: [Leica] RE: Film and Travel
From: Alastair Firkin <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 08:22:42 +1000
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>Doug and Bill are right about film and traveling in the current climate.
>On a recent and ill-fated trip to Guatemala(I was in a group at Tikal that
>became hostages for two and a half days, and consequently had my trip badly
>truncated) , I tried to have security manually check my film which was in
>see-through ziploc bags.  It's not that they refused to do it.  It's that
>they were going to make me pay...  I was told to move over to the side and
>they would check each roll...  they would have to open each box of film and
>manually check it and the process would take 30 minutes to an hour -
>whenever they had a chance to do it.  I agree...  Film is film...  if it's
>in a sealed box what else is it going to be.  Anyway, since I wasn't
>traveling with anything faster than ISO 400, I decided it wasn't worth the
>bother.  However, I do know that the X-Ray machines are getting stronger...
>I had a roll I shot in my IIIB fogged, and some really nice shots were
>ruined as a result.
>So, it's really a problem and I don't know how to deal with it.

I've said it before: I roll my own in plastic cannisters and put them 
in deep pockets, walk through the metal detector -- making sure I 
have NO metal anywhere else --- involves removing my boots and belt 
- -- and presto onto the plane.

- -- 
Alastair Firkin

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