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1. Posted by kneale (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hey, I was wondering if it is safe to put my digital camera, iPod, and debit & credit cards through the X-ray machine at the airport. Should I have all these things out of my carry-on bag or will it matter? Sorry if this is a dumb question - I leave in 2 days and I have flying jitters! Thanks ahead of time for any help.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

It's perfectly safe, and you can leave them all in the carry-on. (They only want laptops and sometimes video cameras out of the bag, as there's so much electronics inside those that it becomes too much of a jumble together with the rest of the bag for easy scanning.)

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

They may make you turn on your laptop just to make sure it works (and isn't a decoy), but the x-ray machines emit a kind of low-grade radiation that doesn't effect electronics, or even most traditional film.

4. Posted by kneale (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Thank you for the replies!!!

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Kneale:)

I think most modern countries now have film safe scanning machines.
In third world countries, I would ask if their machines are safe, before putting certain items through them.

Mel