Jun 8, 2005

DVDs Found Safe In Both Carry-On And Checked Baggage, Say New Tests By I3A And TSA

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The latest in a series of tests on the impact of airport security equipment on imaging devices and media shows that neither DVDs nor DVD players are damaged by X-ray scanners or metal-detector wands.

The recent tests of scanner models currently in use in the U.S. transportation industry were jointly conducted by the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A), the leading global association for the imaging industry, and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

These findings mean that, like digital cameras and their image storage media, DVDs and DVD players can travel safely in either checked or carry-on bags. More care is needed for cameras with film, however, as the X-ray scanners for both checked and carry-on luggage can fog exposed and unexposed undeveloped film.

The tests took place in May, 2005 at the TSA Security Laboratory in Atlantic City, N.J. Four identical DVD players were used: one player was dedicated to each of the three scanner models tested, and one player was held out as a control and not scanned. A prerecorded DVD movie was included in each of the players throughout the testing (the same title in all four players). The tested DVD players each made 20 passes through the machines, and one of the three was also scanned by a hand-held metal-detector wand.

At the end of the scanning, the DVDs were played in all four devices; the movies appeared identical, and no apparent adverse effect on any of the DVD players was found. Although this was a narrow test in the number of brands of DVD players evaluated, it was broad in the extent of exposure through three separate scanners. Given the results, it appears unlikely that any DVD players will sustain damage from the energy emitted from the security devices. Complete details on the tested devices, test protocols and results can be downloaded from

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