Radiation Detected in U.S. Airports


Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been detected in Chicago and Dallas.

Travelers coming in from Japan Thursday triggered radiation detectors at O'Hare Airport in Chicago as they passed through customs.

In one instance, radiation was detected in a plane's air filtration system.

Radiation was also found in luggage and on passengers on flights from Japan.

Only very small amounts of radiation were detected, but airport officials are adding screenings and precautionary measures.

The U.S. is monitoring people and cargo coming back from Japan.

Also, Fort Worth-based American Airlines is flying non-stop routes from DFW Airport to Tokyo and back. What passengers don't see is a command center at American Airlines where company officials, union reps, and federal agencies monitor the radiation situation minute-by-minute.

Captain Sam Mayer, with the Allied Pilots Association, said, "They're planning flight plans that keep us away from any potential radioactive clouds that may be out there." He added, "They're doing modeling with the nuclear regulatory agency and the FAA."

In spite of the precautions, some pilots and flight attendants have chosen to beg off some of these trips.

Mayer explained, "Understand they're requested some vacation days in lieu of having to fly those trips."

Scrupulous screening has turned up some radiation. Medical equipment set off scanners on a DFW arrival Wednesday, according to Mayer. It didn't turn out to be anything major.

Also, incoming mail has been screened by the U.S. Postal Service.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Population reduction
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    It doesn't take a nuclear scientist to realise that all these flights from Japan should be coming into ONE airport... WHy risk contamination of multiple locations? WHy waste resources at multiple locations? Why dont american leaders think? My kid figured this out and said "well, if your moving something you dont want to spread around you just keep it all together and dont move it anymore than you have to"
  • by Colorado Location: C/S on Mar 18, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    Seems to me that if I were Commander in Chief, I'd get on the scholars on nuclear science together to resolve this issue...but alas, it's more important to make you NBA picks instead!
  • by NJS Location: USA on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM
    Great! Now our flights are carrying in radioactive material to spread around the world.
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