Can You Bring A Disposable Camera On A Plane? (The Answer )

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Cameras or electronics in general are better to be packed in your carry-on baggage.

But some electronics like cameras have some restrictions at the airport security.

Passengers need to place any electronics in a separate bin before going through the security checkpoint.

In addition, the film in disposable cameras is sensible and can be damaged by scanners so you will need to take some precautions.

Let’s dive right in.

Kodak FunSaver Disposable Camera 800 ISO 35mm with Flash 27 Exposures
Kodak FunSaver Disposable Camera/ Courtesy of Amazon

Take Disposable Camera Through The Security Checkpoint

The TSA recommends that you take any cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on luggage and ask for a hand inspection, to avoid any possible damage to the film.

And here is what the TSA has to say on its website about traveling with film in general.

the TSA rules about traveling with film in b both carry-on ad checked luggage
The TSA website

The film is allowed through the security checkpoint, but as the TSA always stated the final decision is for the security officer at the airport.

Take Disposable Camera In Checked Baggage

Taking electronics and expensive accessories in general in checked baggage is not recommended as most airlines one will not take custody for any damaged or missed items (for any reason).

The film on disposable cameras are more prone to be damaged by the x-ray screening.

And the TSA recommends placing any film that has 800 ISO ( sensitivity of film )and higher in carry-on baggage, and to ask the security officer to physically inspect the film or the camera.

Here is an answer from the TSA on Twitter.

All undeveloped film should be placed in your carry-on bags. High speed film (800 ISO and higher) should be physically inspected instead of undergoing X-ray screening.

Even though the camera that Erin is taking is not disposable, the film still needs to be inspected physically to avoid any possible damage.

For example this Kodak FunSaver Disposable Camera is a 800 ISO 35mm and it has the possibility to be damaged if not inspected manually and packed in carry-on luggage. 

Final Thoughts

You are permitted to pack disposable cameras and film on carry-on and checked luggage, but it is better to avoid placing it in checked luggage.

The X-ray screening in checked luggage is powerful and could damage and finish with the film inside your camera. so it is not advisable to send your disposable camera or film in a checked bag.

On the other hand if you take your camera in carry-on baggage and the film is 800 ISO or higher you can ask the security officer for a manual screening.

We hope this helps.

Happy travels

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