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Shall I Put Your Meal in the Microwave Again?

Thursday, November 30, 2006

It's almost old news that BA has had to contact 33,000 passsengers about potential exposure to Polonium 210 on some of its flights.

I've seen the MSM pontificate that only a state actor could have produced such a dangerous material, so this proves that the Russians were involved. As usual, the MSM has it wrong. Information Week is running a story that says that Polonium 210, the radioactive material used to poison former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is not so hard to get.

Polonium-210, which experts say is many times more deadly than cyanide, can be bought legally through United Nuclear Scientific Supplies, a mail-order company that sells through the Web. Chemical companies sell the Polonium-210 legally for industrial use such as removing static electricity from machinery. United Nuclear claims that the material is "currently the only legal Alpha source available without a license."


I'm just waiting for someone over on FT to point out that Polonium-210 is only dangerous if ingested, so there's no reason for BA to do anything.

   

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