Can You Bring a Disposable Camera On a Plane? ( TSA Rules )

Disposable cameras and other electronics are safe if you keep them inside your carry-on bag all the time.

But, you will need to be more careful when you bring a disposable camera through the security checkpoint.

The film inside a disposable camera is sensitive and may get damaged by the x-ray scanners easily.

So, you need to take some steps to keep it safe.

Let’s dive right in.

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

Can Disposable Cameras Go Through TSA?

The TSA didn’t specifically mention disposable cameras on its website.

But they have a note about undeveloped film.

Here is a screenshot from the TSA website about traveling with camera film.

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

The same applies for a disposable camera.

But the TSA recommend that you take any cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on luggage and ask for a manual inspection, to prevent the film from getting ruined.

Like in the screenshot below.

A TSA answer about disposable camera
Screenshot from Twitter

Do disposable cameras set off metal detectors?

Most disposable cameras are made of plastic.

So a disposable camera will not set off the metal detector, as airport metal detectors are only sensitive to metals.

Can Disposable Cameras Go In Checked Baggage?

It is not recommended to take your disposable camera in checked baggage as bags will under go the x-ray screening.

And as I previously mentioned the film on a disposable camera will likely go bad when it undergoes the X-ray screening.

I checked the TSA social media to find some answers.

Screenshot from Twitter

The TSA customer service advised her to place 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.

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. 

Another reason to avoid placing your disposable camera in a checked bag is that most airlines will not take custody for any damaged or even stolen items.

NEVER place anything valuable like cameras in your checked bag.


Read also: How Often Are Items Stolen From Checked Bags?

Final Thoughts

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

The X-ray screening in checked luggage is powerful and could damage and finish with the film inside your camera.

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 to not place it in the x-ray screening and to perform a manual inspection.

We hope this helps.

Happy travels

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