Pizzaandplanes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
Due to traces of radiation from a Russian spy who died of radiation last week in a hostpital, BA is contacting passengers who were on 221 different flights.A quater of the flights were to moscow on 3 different 767's. How do these planes become exposed to the radiation? What could the affects to a plane be?
AADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 6 hours ago) and read 2697 times:
The material that was used to poison the spy is supposed to be polonium 210 which is extremely deadly but only if ingested. This article in Newsweek mentions the polonium 210 and that it can be handled with bare hands without harm and it could only have come from advanced nuclear weapons labs:
Unless you dropped some food on it and ate it, or it was on your pillow or blanket while you were drooling on it, it is unlikely to affect passengers. It also has a half life of only 138 days so it will turn into lead in about a year.
I would point out that inhalation of the particles would also be dangerous. The isotope emits alpha radiation, which is blocked by something as thin as paper or skin, so just sitting next to it wouldn't hurt you.
I think the insinuation by some authorities is that the polonium was carried into, or out of, the country was via someone who had boarded these planes, and subsequently contaminated these locations. Of course, it is not known whoever contaminated these planes had anything to do directly with Litvinenko's death.
Right now I am more concerned about the "worried well" and how they may flood the healthcare system with unjustifed worries thus placing a burden on hospitals. We have seen this in the aftermath of the anthrax attacks in the US, the Tokyo subway sarin nerve agent release, among others.
Release your seat-belts and get out! Leave everything!
FlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2495 times:
BA is covering themselves.... if anyone gets sick, it's not on them in any way for being irresponsible. They are erroring on the side of safety. I think it's smart... the Polonium 210 is orders of magnitude more lethal per gram than cyanide, one grain of sand's worth is more than enough to kill someone with plenty of room to spare.
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