Taking a digital camera through the airport

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Morod, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    Okay, I realize this is a VERY basic question, but coming from a film background I think I better ask it:
    Taking a digital camera through airport security x-ray machines. Are there any precautions that need to be taken? Have it hand-searched? Run it through the machine, media card and all? Any info is appreciated!
    Thank you in advance for helping out a newbie.
  2. JDR macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I've brought my digital camera through the x-ray numerous times, and have had no problems.

    Funny you mention about film: I was on a 2 week camping trip in Colorado over the summer, and on the 3rd day of my trip my digital camera broke, so I was forced to buy disposable cameras at the tiny town an hour away from where I was....I went through six of them, and when I was coming back home through the Colorado Springs airport, I showed them the six disposable cameras, and they had to swab all of them and then run the swab through an explosives detector..took forever...lol. It turned out that one of the cameras was ruined, for whatever reason.

    Edit: Here's a 2004 DP Review article about the subject:
  3. .JahJahwarrior. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2007
    I've had to open my bag for the people three or four times now....my 500mm lens looks suspicious, I think.

    But you won't have any problems with the Xray machines that I know of. I've never heard of anyone having a problem.
  4. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    Digital won't have a problem. Film does though I believe(actual film, not the camera) unless they've updated the X-Ray machines to not destroy film. Which might have happened.
  5. Chromako macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2007
    The Wired
    If you have any older model lenses, be prepared for a hand search. One of my lenses uses leaded glass and looks rather solid under x-ray so they like to swab it. a lot. But as for damage to equipment, I think the biggest risk is leaving something behind!
  6. chriscl macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2008
    Stuttgart, Germany
    X-Rays won't hurt digital equipment, I've gone through plenty of airport security with my camera bag without the scanners causing any issues.

    One thing though, and this depends on the airport, if you have a fairly full bag of gadgets, I've had some customs people request I take the camera out of the bag, either so they can examine it by hand, or so that it can go through the X-Ray machine on its own?

    (At the Israeli customs in Taba, I had to take the camera out and show them it worked!)
  7. Binford macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Boston, MA
    never had a problem either. but hadto pull out my carbon fiber tripod numerous times for insepction. hah
  8. CATinHAWAII macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2007
    --== Hawaii ! ==--
    thanks for the info, guys, helps to know to be PATIENT with
    the inspectors, and get to airport a bit before the rush... :eek:
  9. jbernie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Noting this, I would suggest that you have a battery with some charge left so you can power it on and take a photo just in case. Maybe make sure the battery is charged up the night before.

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