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Security equipment at airports can potentially damage unprocessed films, particularly those used for checked baggage which have a strong risk of severely fogging films.
Usually it is advised to carry film in carry-on luggage since these xrays are less damaging to most films. Upon request, some airports may be willing to hand-inspect the film if it is unpackaged and carried in a clear plastic bag. They will no longer hand-inspect cameras so you may wish to remove the film before approaching security. But, don't be surprised if they deny your request or question your reasoning... just do as they say. If you're concerned about the number of times your film will go through xrays, it may be wise to find a reputable photolab and have it processed before returning home.
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Effective January 1, 2008, the Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will no longer allow loose lithium batteries in checked baggage. These batteries may continue to be packed in carry-on baggage.