Fujifilm has joined Kodak Alaris in warning its customers to avoid sending film through new scanners being deployed by the TSA in many airports throughout the United States. The advisory is brief and simply states, ‘Those machines may [be] more damaging to unprocessed film and Instax film than previous generations of scanners.’
The solution is simple: photographers are encouraged to pack their film products in a carry-on bag and to request a hand inspection of the items.
This is similar to the warning Kodak Alaris published in late January; the company received clarification from the TSA, which said that its screeners are trained to inspect film by hand. As well, the TSA has put warning signs near X-ray machines that may damage undeveloped film. The film should be packed in a clear plastic bag and removed from the carry-on luggage at the security checkpoint.