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Memory Cards and scanners at Airports

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1. Posted by grampsgirl (Budding Member 311 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I have a quick question, and it may be stupid, but i dont care
I was wondering if anyone knows weater or not the exray machines at airports will do anything to the picutres on a memory card or to the digital camera?

2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I've done that many times, and there was no problem with that so far. :)

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

No. See here for details from a study by the Committee for Integrity in Transportation of Imaging Products, which found that there is no damage associated with putting digital cards through x-ray machines.

Happy shooting!

4. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I haven't had a problem, and my camera goes through the x-rays just about every couple of weeks for the last 3 years.

5. Posted by MikeW (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

X-Rays are part of the light spectrum and can impact film. But they cannot hurt electronic components, including memory cards, anymore than shining a spotlight on them would. Keep in mind that x-rays are often used to inspect products, including the plane you're flying on!

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

However, if you end up getting screened by a gamma-ray machine then you will turn into the Hulk and smash your camera and cards - which would be bad for them.

7. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting MikeW

X-Rays are part of the light spectrum and can impact film.

Carry-on luggage x-rays don't affect film, unless it is very high speed film.