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I've read through all the advisories regarding how film should not be carryed in checked luggage, but i was wondering ( this may seem really stupid) does that apply to photo paper, too? I'm just wondering because I'm thinking of bringing a couple of boxes back home to Hong Kong, b/c it's a lot cheaper over here, but i dont' have room in my carryon (b/c of all those rolls of film :)
thanks in advance, ken
-- Ken Kwok (email@example.com), November 27, 2001
B&W photo paper is coated with a silver emulsion just as film is. It may be damaged if the "box" that it is in is deemed suspicious by the x-ray operator. The first scan is low powered but any subsequent scans are very high powered and will toast film and paper.
-- John Collier (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 27, 2001.
"The first scan is low powered but any subsequent scans are very high powered and will toast film and paper."
Though I would guess that paper is less likely to be damaged, since it is slower (i.e., less sensitive to light) than film. But I would probably just buy my paper at home, too.
-- Douglas Kinnear (email@example.com), November 27, 2001.