Radiation Detected at US Airports from Japan Flights
Radiation Detected on Tokyo Passengers at O'Hare, DFW
Trace amounts of radiation were detected on passengers and luggage arriving on a flight from Tokyo at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The radiation was detected as the passengers passed through customs.
Radiation was also detected in the air filtration system of a plane from Tokyo that landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. No passengers were quarantined, according to the NY Post.
The radiation was described as occurring in trace amounts.
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Airport authorities across the US are scrambling to organize policies on how to deal with potential radiation issues: passengers from Tokyo wouldn't necessarily know that they're irradiated, or that carrying irradiated luggage.
“We are aware that occurred [Wednesday]. We are working with Customs and Border Protection on this issue,” Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said, referring all questions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Andolino refused to say how the incident was handled or what happened to the Tokyo passengers in question.
“The protection of the person coming off the plane is very important in regards to any radiation — especially within their families and anything else,” Mayor Daley said.