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Dec 5, 2017 13:14:59   #
gunflint
 
Curious if anyone has ever had any issues resulting from camera gear and more specifically SD cards going through the airport scanning machines?

Any info is appreciated!

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Dec 5, 2017 13:18:17   #
PHRubin (a regular here)
 
Nope!

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Dec 5, 2017 13:23:38   #
Kuzano
 
Unlikely, but the EMP from a Nuclear bomb will wipe it, probably destructively. See Kim Jong Un!

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Dec 5, 2017 13:34:51   #
blue-ultra
 
Just came back from Iceland Scanned in both countries and coming and going, no problem... But if you are concerned you can pull the SD cards out and put them in the dish for hands on inspection.

Bob

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Dec 5, 2017 13:47:44   #
DWU2
 
Nope.

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Dec 5, 2017 13:50:30   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4687/~/sandisk-cards-environmental-tolerance-%28waterproof%2C-temperature%2C-magnetic-and

immune to x-rays
--Bob
gunflint wrote:
Curious if anyone has ever had any issues resulting from camera gear and more specifically SD cards going through the airport scanning machines?

Any info is appreciated!

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Dec 5, 2017 14:07:41   #
SueScott (a regular here)
 
I've never had a problem.

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Dec 5, 2017 17:03:08   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
gunflint wrote:
Curious if anyone has ever had any issues resulting from camera gear and more specifically SD cards going through the airport scanning machines?

Any info is appreciated!

Traveling within the USA no problems. Have not done International in the last 2 years.

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Dec 5, 2017 18:29:11   #
SueScott (a regular here)
 
SueScott wrote:
I've never had a problem.


Amending this to say that I will be taking a small thumb-drive and leaving the main hard-drive at home just for safety sake when we fly across the Pond next week.

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Dec 6, 2017 05:10:30   #
BillyP
 
Only if it falls on it... no worries.

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Dec 6, 2017 07:06:06   #
Vienna74
 
Absolutely no risk to memory cards.

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Dec 6, 2017 07:13:23   #
mas24
 
It is film you have to worry about. Not SD Cards.

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Dec 6, 2017 07:50:57   #
yds0066
 
blue-ultra wrote:
Just came back from Iceland Scanned in both countries and coming and going, no problem... But if you are concerned you can pull the SD cards out and put them in the dish for hands on inspection.

Bob


I wouldn't do that. The TSA will use latex gloves, sometimes powdered ones and they are also prone to static. I fly over 150k miles a year and have never had any issues or failures.

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Dec 6, 2017 08:52:28   #
dcampbell52
 
gunflint wrote:
Curious if anyone has ever had any issues resulting from camera gear and more specifically SD cards going through the airport scanning machines?

Any info is appreciated!


No. they were accused of damaging film but I have traveled with hundreds of rolls of film over the years and only had 3 or 4 rolls damaged. SD, Compact Flash, and other electronic cards are not affected. Neither are my computer (laptop and usb) hard drives.

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Dec 6, 2017 09:10:16   #
Elsiss
 
gunflint wrote:
Curious if anyone has ever had any issues resulting from camera gear and more specifically SD cards going through the airport scanning machines?

Any info is appreciated!


I️ travel a lot with never a problem.

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