X-Ray Machines

The question about whether X-ray machines damage film is as old as Bruce Forsyth.

There are quite big devides and wars have been started over it.

*no wars have been started over it.

Well lets ask the professionals. Gatwick Airport kindly had the following to say.

Don’t worry – our x-ray machines won’t harm your film or equipment. The British Photographers’ Liaison Committee (BPLC), have given the all-clear to our hand-luggage x-ray inspection systems saying that it is safe for all normal film types (up to and including ISO 400) as well as for digital storage media.

Specialist film (ISO 800 and above) can sometimes be affected – but the effects are barely noticeable to the naked eye and do no become clearly visible until film is exposed around 32 times. But we can make special arrangements for photographers carrying professional film (ISO 800 and above) – just contact us our your airline before travel.

Professional photographers requiring more detailed information can contact the BPLC on +44 (0)20 7739 6669.

So there you go, take it in hand luggage and take 400iso and under and you will be fine.

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2 thoughts on “X-Ray Machines

  1. Great post, as this is something I battle with while travelling!!

    I’ve had no issues putting film through the x-ray machines at airports in the UK and Europe. But I’ve had films damaged several times over the last 12 months when travelling to the States. Maybe the x-rays are stronger? I don’t know….

    • Thanks Elle, someonelse commented through twitter they had problems in Israel. I have to say this statement was about the machines at Gatwick and its not to say that all machines are the same. I think you pays your money you take your chance but at least there are some guidelines to follow. Thanks for commenting.

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