On Friday I flew from St. Louis for Columbus Ohio. TSA screened my carry on with an X-Ray scan and made no mention of my lead film bag. I handed them a film can with Iflord 3200 and asked for a hand check. A screener opened the can and looked at the film.
Today I returned home. In Columbus I gave the 3200 to TSA and asked for a hand check. The screener called for a supervisor. Then they asked if I had a film bag in my carry on. The supervisor takes me aside to a station. She wipes the 3200 can with a paper circle and puts it in an explosive detection machine. Then she starts to go through my carry on. She picks out the lead film bag and says. "Is there anything in here that will harm me?" She takes the four rolls of Fuji 800 NPZ out and wipes each roll with an explosive wipe and puts it in the machine. She never opened a film can. She could ask me to open the film cans if she thought opening them was dangerous. It was also interesting that she refused my offer to open the carry on and give her the film bag (not open the bag just get it out to hand to her. This bag just went through the X-Ray machine. I must say this seems ridiculous to me.
I wonder why TSA does not have a consistent policy on film inspection. Do they think someone will make a film bomb and when TSA opens the lid it will blow up? Has anyone tried using two lead film bags rated at ISO 800 and just putting the film in checked luggage? Does anyone know if TSA has a written policy on lead film bags and/or how deal with high-spped film.