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Old 02-17-2003, 01:14 AM   #1
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Traveling with digital cameras

I just have a quick question about traveling with digital cameras.

As some of you know, some of us are planning on going to Vegas soon, and I'm wanting to take my digital camera with me. It's a fairly new digital camera and I haven't actually traveled with it yet. My question is about airport security and X-ray machines. I know the X-ray machines can ruin regular film, but I was wondering about the digital camera memory sticks. Do you just send them with the camera through the X-ray machines (no harm to the digital media), or do you give the memory sticks to the security agents?

I'm also wanting to take along my battery charger for the camera and charger for my cell phone and was wondering how much problem these can be, if any, going through security?
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Old 02-17-2003, 03:09 AM   #2
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Yeah, I heard some of the people that have been locked up for months under the Patriot Act are there because they tried to travel with a digital camera.
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I haven't had a problem with mine, and I've taken it (and my regular camera) to work several times too, and it's been fine.
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Can you keep all you digital equipment in a carry on bag and just let the guards know it's in there and they can search the bag by hand?

http://yarchive.net/nuke/xray_dram_erase.html

While he uses a lot of techno babble he basically says that regular x rays do no harm, but some of the more advanced x rays and security scanners may harm the memory.
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I took mine overseas and had no problems, you should be fine.....

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Old 02-17-2003, 11:20 AM   #6
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The memory is all solid state, so I wouldn't expect any problems with the x-ray machines.
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Old 02-17-2003, 11:51 AM   #7
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There are no problems with the xray machines and digital cameras. I have checked mine and carried mine on.

I called the airlines to be sure.

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I've never had a problem with traveling with a digi cam, I've only had problems traveling with bombs and small fire arms.
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