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11-23-2008, 07:25 AM   #1
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Airport Xray


Getting ready to take a mini trip this coming weekend and I'm debating on taking my Pentax K200 camera or not. I'm going to assume the xray machines at the airport don't hurt the cameras, cards or lenses since many of you travel. I'm just leery about sending it through the xray machine. Is there a good way to protect them or should they not even go through?

11-25-2008, 05:29 PM   #2
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From personal experience and readings, x-ray machines don't affect digital.
11-25-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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I have no science to back this up, but I'd say it's no problem. My camera and lenses went through airport x-rays at least 30 times this summer (probably more), and I haven't seen any adverse effects.
11-25-2008, 08:34 PM   #4
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I have a K200 and travel a lot. I never pack in a bag and put in the belly of the plane. I take it in my carry on and have never had a problem with the Xray machines. You should be fine.

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I always travel with my camera and gear, and always carry it on. X-rays shouldn't do any harm at all.
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This question has come up before and if I remember correctly someone had some knowledge to back this up. The answer was that there was no problem at all.
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traveled about a few dozen times since going digitial and never had an issue.
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Ditto. You won't have a problem.

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Aye, your OK no worries at all.
11-27-2008, 08:00 AM   #10
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Based on some posts here, it would seem people think stowing your luggage keeps it from getting x-rayed (I could be misunderstanding them though). Stowed luggage often gets x-rayed as well, often more than once on machines that put out more radiation then the ones they use for carry on.
11-27-2008, 08:25 AM   #11
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Trust the physicist in me, there is no problem for eithe camera, flash, batteries, lenses, etc.

The only problem related to photography is that, if run through a lot, films used to get a "mist" texture. They needed to be run through a LOT for it to be sisible.
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Won't be a problem. Just don't take your cards through the magnometer. They can effect the photo's on the storage cards.
11-30-2008, 05:17 AM   #13
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As already stated, there should be no issues. I managed to go through screening 8 times (4 trips) in just over a month... no problems.
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Digital cameras and storage media are not affected by x-rays at all. If you pack the camera and cards in a lead-shielded bag, which have been more common in film-days, the simple result is, that the operator at the x-ray scanner will increase the x-ray level. So nothing won by using shielded bags.

The only concern might be a x-ray scanner which has been neglected and is leaking the high intensity magnetic field into the bag compartment. That could in theory compromise the data integrity on hard drives and other magnetic data storage media. But in fact I never have heard of suchg an occurance.

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