Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
26Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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Since, in addition to my digital camera, I always bring a film camera with slide film I ask airport security to hand check my film. Otherwise, with multiple x-ray exposures it fogs the film. I bring more film than I need and that results in the same roll of film making multiple trips through the x-ray machine if I don't ask for it to be hand checked. All those x-ray exposures add up.
Every airport I've been in has complied with my request and hand checked my film. Every airport except Heathrow, that is. At Heathrow I was passed from one individual to another to explain my request. The last person I talked to told me that they don't have the technology at Heathrow to hand check film and it had to go through the x-ray machine.
Since I had a plane to Budapest to catch and feeling I'd come to the end of the road I let them run it through the x-ray machine. Tiredness fogs your brain. As soon as I was at the gate for my flight to Budapest I realized he'd been lying to me.
I have a hard time believing that Great Britain is really more technologically backward than Costa Rica, Guatemala, or any other place I've been. I usually think of the right thing to say after the right time to say it is past. If I'd thought of it in time I would have asked if Great Britain is really that technologically backward.