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Memory Cards and scanners at Airports

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1. Posted by grampsgirl (Budding Member 311 posts) 9y

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 (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

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

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

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) 9y

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) 9y

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) 9y

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) 9y

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.