[ RadSafe ] CRT monitor radiation "scare" at Newark airport

lcs at golden.net lcs at golden.net
Mon Dec 20 13:57:32 CST 2010

 With LCD monitors being the norm today, it's surprising to read that 
 someone is travelling with an obsolete CRT device.

 Michael LaFontaine, P.Phys.

 On Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:14:43 -0800, "Cary Renquist" 
 <cary.renquist at ezag.com> wrote:
> I'm a bit confused...
> What sort of CRT emits radiation when it is not powered?
> Is NORM used in the tube?
> Cary
> --
> cary.renquist at ezag.com
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> From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu on behalf of Strickert, 
> Rick
> Sent: Mon 20-Dec-10 07:21
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> Subject: [ RadSafe ] CRT monitor radiation "scare" at Newark airport
> From an ABC News report
> (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bomb-probed-newark-airport/story?id=12438749):
> -------------
> Radiation emitted by a computer monitor triggered a bomb scare that
> shut down a terminal at Newark, New  Jersey's Liberty International
> Airport, authorities said, as they announced the investigation was
> over and the terminal reopened.
> According to the FBI, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
> and other law enforcement officials, the device was being shipped in
> checked baggage on the same flight with its owner, and despite 
> initial
> suspicions, there was no cause for alarm.
> "Based on initial reports we have received from our agents on the
> scene working with the Union County bomb squad and Port Authority
> Police Department and TSA, the suspicious package is a computer
> monitor emitting small amounts of radiation -which is normal for this
> device," said FBI agent Bryan Travers from the Newark Field Division.
> "The device is being shipped to the same destination as it's [sic]
> owner who is already in flight. It appears there is no cause for
> alarm, but authorities are taking the necessary precautions to be
> certain."
> The possible device was discovered behind a counter, officials from
> the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told ABC News, and
> employees alerted Transportation Security Administration Bomb
> Appraisal Officers, who began their investigation shortly after 7:00
> a.m.
> ------------
> As Lily Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical I get, I just
> can't keep up."
> Rick Strickert
> Austin, TX
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