Several times recently, I have taken my good DSLR camera\nthrough airport security at various airports. To try to\navoid handling by the security inspectors, I always remove\nthe camera from its tightly packed case, and put the camera\nin a separate tray to go through the Xray machine. I hope\nthat some inspector does not finger-print the lens, or\nremove the lens and let dust enter the camera.\n\nOn two occasions, inspectors asked me whether my camera\nwas digital or film-type. I replied "digital", and\nexplained why I took it out of the case. Both inspectors\nsaid that they do not handle digital cameras, but they do\nhandle film-type cameras because they are more complex.\n\nWhat is more complex about a film-type camera? It seems\nto me to be much simpler than a digital camera. All that I\ncan think of, is that there might be enough room in a film-\ntype camera to store contraband. And if the camera contains\nfilm, then the owner should be advised not to let the camera\ngo through the Xray machine.