airport security

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Dick Alvarez, Mar 21, 2012.

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    Dick Alvarez Guest

    Several times recently, I have taken my good DSLR camera
    through airport security at various airports. To try to
    avoid handling by the security inspectors, I always remove
    the camera from its tightly packed case, and put the camera
    in a separate tray to go through the Xray machine. I hope
    that some inspector does not finger-print the lens, or
    remove the lens and let dust enter the camera.

    On two occasions, inspectors asked me whether my camera
    was digital or film-type. I replied "digital", and
    explained why I took it out of the case. Both inspectors
    said that they do not handle digital cameras, but they do
    handle film-type cameras because they are more complex.

    What is more complex about a film-type camera? It seems
    to me to be much simpler than a digital camera. All that I
    can think of, is that there might be enough room in a film-
    type camera to store contraband. And if the camera contains
    film, then the owner should be advised not to let the camera
    go through the Xray machine.
     
    Dick Alvarez, Mar 21, 2012
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    Pete A Guest

    I think you've raised a good point that can often lead to unnecessary
    arguments.

    "More complex" could mean that the speaker mistakenly thought film
    cameras are more complex devices than digital cameras or that that the
    speaker was simply conveying to you that his/her task is made more
    complex by film cameras than with digital cameras.

    Showing interest in their response is usually more productive than
    insinuating that they are a moron. When I didn't understand the reason
    for being challenged about my camera gear at an airpot, I asked if I
    could watch the scan and have it explained to me. The guy spent ages
    showing me the X-ray insides of each item and explained what they were
    looking for. It was not only educational, it boosted my confidence in
    air-travel.
     
    Pete A, Mar 21, 2012
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    Irwell Guest

    Several years ago it was the practice at some security
    checks for them to ask the owners of Camcorders to
    switch them on. Sort of like playing Russian Roulette.
     
    Irwell, Mar 21, 2012
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    peter Guest

    I always travel with the lenses separate from the camera. Of course, I also
    put a body cap on the camera
     
    peter, Mar 22, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Yup!
    Just follow the instructions; "Press to arm, release to detonate".
     
    Savageduck, Mar 22, 2012
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    Dallas Guest

    Do not give the morons the chance to screw up your camera!

    I use to take the lens off just to expedite the process. That's when a
    security moron right out of Deliverance was looking into the camera body
    like a monkey at the zoo. He slowly took his finger and pressed it on the
    front surfaced mirror leaving his finger print.
     
    Dallas, Mar 22, 2012
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    otter Guest

    On a recent trip I noticed a new rule (or at least one I hadn't noticed before) posted prohibiting "club like" devices. It occurred to me that the monopod in my carry-on fit that description. They actually asked me about it, which had never happened before. When I explained that it was like a tripod, that seemed to be the magic word that made it OK.

    It would have been a major issue for me if they didn't allow it, because I was cutting the flight time pretty close.

    On the return flight, nobody said anything.
     
    otter, Mar 22, 2012
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  8. I don't know what they're thinking. One idea that occurs to me is that
    there's more access to different spaces in a film camera, and hence more
    ways to hide things in it. (Trying to think of it from their point of
    view is often helpful in figuring out what they meant.)
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, Mar 22, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    Several times recently, I have taken my good DSLR camera
    : through airport security at various airports. To try to
    : avoid handling by the security inspectors, I always remove
    : the camera from its tightly packed case, and put the camera
    : in a separate tray to go through the Xray machine. I hope
    : that some inspector does not finger-print the lens, or
    : remove the lens and let dust enter the camera.
    :
    : On two occasions, inspectors asked me whether my camera
    : was digital or film-type. I replied "digital", and
    : explained why I took it out of the case. Both inspectors
    : said that they do not handle digital cameras, but they do
    : handle film-type cameras because they are more complex.
    :
    : What is more complex about a film-type camera? It seems
    : to me to be much simpler than a digital camera. All that I
    : can think of, is that there might be enough room in a film-
    : type camera to store contraband. And if the camera contains
    : film, then the owner should be advised not to let the camera
    : go through the Xray machine.

    If that's what they want to think, let them think it. I'd rather have the
    owners of film cameras (what few are left) get harassed than be harassed
    myself.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Mar 23, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : > said that they do not handle digital cameras, but they do handle
    : > film-type cameras because they are more complex.
    :
    : Do not give the morons the chance to screw up your camera!
    :
    : I use to take the lens off just to expedite the process. That's when
    : a security moron right out of Deliverance was looking into the camera
    : body like a monkey at the zoo. He slowly took his finger and pressed
    : it on the front surfaced mirror leaving his finger print.

    Anyone stupid enough to do that would be stupid enough to believe you if you
    told him the lens is not removable.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Mar 23, 2012
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