pizzaandplanes
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BA Contacts 33,000 Passengers Because Of Radiation

Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:07 am

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?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6159927.stm
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AADC10
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RE: BA Contacts 33,000 Passengers Because Of Radiation

Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:29 am

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:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15940502/site/newsweek/

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.
 
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RE: BA Contacts 33,000 Passengers Because Of Radiation

Fri Dec 01, 2006 1:27 pm

Quoting AADC10 (Reply 1):
but only if ingested.

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.

Quoting Pizzaandplanes (Thread starter):
How do these planes become exposed to the radiation?

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.
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flydreamliner
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RE: BA Contacts 33,000 Passengers Because Of Radiation

Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:30 pm

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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a3
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RE: BA Contacts 33,000 Passengers Because Of Radiation

Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:23 pm

There is not mentioned what isotope was found in the aircrafts.
In BA notice was mentioned that radioactive traces where found. There is no word about polonium 210.


The Russian spy did he travel with ALL these planes?
How come that traces of radioactive material was found in so many planes if its related to the Russian spy???

I think that BA has to be more specific about this serious matter.
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BA787
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RE: BA Contacts 33,000 Passengers Because Of Radiation

Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:09 am

So what sort of legal action could be taken against BA if any passenger was ill? Would BA be liable or not?