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08/04/2006 03:26 PM ID: 56118 Permalink   

Therapy May 'Activate Airport Security Alarms'

 

Experts warned that patients having radiation treatments might falsely activate the sensitive security alarms used in airports. The warning prompted new guidelines, warnings and “radionuclide cards” to be issued after Radioactive treatments.

The warning came after a 46-year-old passenger set an alarm off in a US airport 6 weeks after he had radioiodine therapy. He was strip searched, interrogated and released after a long delay and embarrassment.

The incident was backed by medical journals related to previous incidents dating back to 1986. Radioactive particles are used for medical diagnostic and therapeutic reasons including the treatment of thyroid problems and scans.

 
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I have a friend that has always set off many of the more sensitive magnetic-based security alarms, though it had nothing to do with anything that was on him. We never really could figure out why, but he was a drug baby, and he's a bit into the spiritual esoteric, so maybe his magnetic field is off or something. lol.
 
  by: maverick7h     08/04/2006 07:59 PM     
  Airport security  
 
Tiny airport perchance? In my experience its the small ones with super high security, where in Seatac for example even their metal detectors are pretty lax. I walk through the metal detectors with my keys visible in my hand, and it doesn't go off...
 
  by: Whiskers   08/05/2006 09:32 AM     
  at seatac airport  
 
they actually have really nice metal detectors. those skip over things like keys and such so that if people forget to take their keys out of their pocket, it won't be a hassle to the airport security, but if someone tries to walk through with a firearm, it'll go off. smaller airports usually can't afford features like this. it may seem like lax security at first, but it's actually sophistication.
 
  by: midgica   08/06/2006 04:31 PM     
  Sophistication?  
 
Where's the line drawn? A key-sized blade could kill... how big could my 'key' be before the thing beeps?
 
  by: p_g_chris   08/07/2006 12:21 AM     
 
 
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