Since I still shoot analogue photos, I often find myself travelling with photographic film. Film can be sensitive to X-ray machines, depending on the "strength" of the machine, the technology, the ASA rating of the film and the number of X-ray exposures it is subject to.
The general consensus online seems to be that one should carry film preferably in one's hand-luggage, since the machines used to scan hold luggage are stronger. Therefore I've always followed this advice, and I used to be able to get away with asking for manual inspection of film when passing airport security controls. However, this has been becoming increasingly more difficult. For starters if analogue photographers are an endangered specie, travelling analogue photographers are mythological creatures. This means that security officers are not used to dealing with these requests any more, and are probably not even trained to handle them. Moreover, I often have to force my way, and ask to speak to a supervisor, whilst the security officer tries to convince me that the machine is film-safe. This whole charade leads to longer check times (I'm OK with that and I always take the extra time into account) and pesky arguments with people who ultimately have the right to deny me boarding.
Incidentally what happened today at Luxembourg airport is that the security officers called the police, an armed officer arrived and bluntly told me "either check it in or have it go through the x-ray machine". He left no wiggle room for discussion. Another time at Milan Linate airport, the security staff told me "either scan it or you throw it away". This is a somewhat recurring pattern I've witnessed. Asking for hand inspection doesn't always work. My experience shows that in countries in which airport security is subsidised to private contractors, rather than handled by national/governmental agencies, asking for hand inspection results in film being scanned anyway more than it doesn't.
Here is the question then: in today's digital world, what is the best way to travel with photographic film if one expects multiple x-ray checkpoints and wishes to avoid unwanted exposures?