[ RadSafe ] Re: I131 patient during intercontinental flight

Clayton J Bradt cjb01 at health.state.ny.us
Wed Feb 11 09:12:18 CST 2009

I agree.  The salient difference between skunk scent and I-131 in this
example is that the former is immediately detected by the public, who react
by an aversion respone.  If they could smell I-131 they would respond the
same way.  Both skunk scent and I-131 are noxious though not toxic.

I believe an ethical person would not impose skunk scent upon others -
certainly not on a plane!  I don't see how an ethical person could
knowingly impose I-131 excreta upon others either.

Clayton J. Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist


Releasing a skunk on Metro during rush hour would cause considerable
pandemonium. I just hope it's not on my train. P-U !!

Dan McClung
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC

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