Radioactive suitcase from Japanese airline passenger detected in Kiev

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  1. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    Border guards at Kiev's Borispol Airport said the passenger's luggage was flagged with a radioactivity detector during a routine check of bags arriving on a flight from Frankfurt Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported.

    Radioactive soil from the Fukushima disaster area in Japan was found in the baggage of a Japanese man arriving at an airport in Ukraine, officials say.

    "Two plastic containers with 12 grams of clay soil were found during an inspection of personal belongings. The acceptable level of radiation was exceeded by about a factor of two," Ukraine's State Border Guard Service said.
     
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  2. Newscience

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    Talk about bringing coals to Newcastle! :eek:

    Ukraine is the unfortunate home of the Chernobyl disaster, with the radioactive Chernobyl exclusion zone. Tourists can take tours to Chernobyl from Kiev:
    http://www.tourkiev.com/chernobyltour/
    or can visit the Chernobyl museum - that is located in Kiev:
    http://chornobylmuseum.kiev.ua/index.php?lang=uk
     
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    Not what Ukraine needed right now, with all the political turmoil they've got going on. :eek:
     
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    Even if that's true, why in the world would he think it acceptable to bring that onto a plane, putting others are risk? They should beat him for being an idiot!
     
  5. anileze

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    I thought (recalling my high school Advanced Nuclear Physics ;) ) that it was prudent to carry even very-very low grade radioactive material in lead containers, and not plastic.
     

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