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

Clayton J Bradt CJB01 at health.state.ny.us
Mon Dec 20 15:31:49 CST 2010

I've read several press accounts of this incident and they mention the FBI 
statement that "computer monitors normally emit small amounts of 
radiation".  I'm not aware of monitors having elevated levels of 
radioactivity.  Does anybody have better information on this?  CRT's of 
course generate x-rays but this monitor was packed in baggage so it was 
off.  Anyway, who travels with a CRT?  It must have been a LED monitor, 
probably a laptop.   This whole thing makes less and less sense.

Clayton J. Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist
NYS Dept. of Health
Biggs Laboratory, Room D486A
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12201-0509

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