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Old 08-21-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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DSLR on Airplane?

Okay, this may seem like a really foolish question, but help me.

In 3 weeks, I'll be on a plane to DLR, and it's my first time traveling with my DSLR. My plan is to bring a backpack as my "personal item" and then have one carry on bag. No checked luggage if I can avoid it (only there for 3 days, how much will I need, really?).

Does going through the XRay hurt cameras? Do I need to remove the battery and have them out seperate so I don't get in trouble with the TSA?

I don't know why this is making me so nervous, but it is.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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Okay, this may seem like a really foolish question, but help me.

In 3 weeks, I'll be on a plane to DLR, and it's my first time traveling with my DSLR. My plan is to bring a backpack as my "personal item" and then have one carry on bag. No checked luggage if I can avoid it (only there for 3 days, how much will I need, really?).

Does going through the XRay hurt cameras? Do I need to remove the battery and have them out seperate so I don't get in trouble with the TSA?

I don't know why this is making me so nervous, but it is.
Unless you're shooting film, your camera is absolutely fine going through the xray thingy, batteries and all. If you have a laptop in the bag, you'll have to remove that, of course, but the camera equipment is generally fine going through the scanners.

Now, my experience isn't super high, having taken 2 trips since I got my camera, but in those trips I've gone through security in Mobile, AL twice; Burlington, VT; MCO; Atlanta; and JFK. Never once had a problem (though, they did swab my laptop bag for explosives in Pensacola a couple years ago p).
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No problems at all getting on a plane with a camera. They don't ask you to take it out like you must do with laptops. No removing the battery, the xray machine will not hurt it. One time they did swab my camera for residue but that was years ago. Relax and enjoy your trip
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Sometimes my bag looks like a rolling electronics store with laptop (although out of the bag), tablet, 2 cell phones, at least one camera body and a few lenses (sometimes 2 bodies) and an ipod. Every now and then it takes the screener a few extra seconds to process what they are seeing on their screen but nothing more than a chemical swab approx every 10-12th trip. I've never been asked to take anything out nor had the bag opened for a check.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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You're fine putting it through the xray. Heck, I've run film through the xray before and it's been fine. The magnets in the belt that pulls things into the machine would do more damage than the xrays to modern electronics, and even then it would have to sit on those for hours before it would do anything.
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