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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #72 February 25, 2002

Shipping Film and Slides

Here are the facts:  Because all mail may be X-rayed, exposed or un-exposed film should not be mailed.  Because all mail may be irradiated, photographic slides should not be mailed.  While the likelihood of either of the above happening to your package is extremely small, it would seem prudent not to take the risk.

Because some airports may use an RSX 5000 machine to X-ray checked baggage, exposed or unexposed should never be placed in checked baggage.

For air travel I carry on a few days worth of film.  Film of EI 400 or less will not be damaged by the X-ray machines used at airport security checkpoints.

For all necessary shipping of film and slides, BIRDS AS ART uses Fed-X.  Some suggest that if you bring your unsealed parcel to a Fed-X station and have it inspected, the agent will place a sticker on it to ensure that it will not be X-rayed or irradiated.  As we have been assured that no domestic Fed-X parcels will be X-rayed or irradiated, we do not presently bring our unsealed parcels to Fed-X, but I shall inquire and let you know what I find out.

 



 

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