Originally Posted by wbeck
Send the thing through X-ray? I've never taken my laptop through security. That doesnt damage anything does it? Is X-ray magnetic at all?
My understanding is that the technology behind X-Rays is based on light, not magetic forces. Therefore, because of this, I have read on several occasions that you can place most anything through the X-Ray machine without harm, which includes:
- Anything with a HDD (let's say anything with spinning platters) like a laptop, Ipod, portable HDD, HDD-based photo storage device, or microdrive.
- Any flash based media or electronic items with flash memory built into them, like Thumb drives, CF cards, SD cards, or Memory Stick cards, cellular phones, handhelds, or smartphones.
- Any optical based media like DVDs, CDs, Floppy disks, or optical discs for portable game players.
- Any tape based media like Cassettes from any digital or analog camcorder, computer backup tapes, VHS tapes, cassette or micro cassette tapes etc.
take any of these things through the metal detectors
and don't allow anyone to wave those magnetic wands
at any of these things (just to be safe), because those of course, are magnetic and can destroy data.
The only thing you don't
want to take through the X-Ray
machine is film
from any film-based camera, which would end up being damaged or destroyed. But you can take film through the metal detectors. So I suppose you could say that you treat film opposite from everything else I listed above.
This is what I've been informed of, and I haven't had any problems. I've taken my DV camcorder with tape, Ipod, FlashTrax, digital camera with SD card, and thumb drive (which covers tape, HDD, and flash based material) all though the X-Ray machine at once at the airport and had no problems.
If anyone feels they need to append or correct anything I've said, please do. But I've had no problems.
Hope that helps.