Airlines considered halting flights after Fukushima meltdowns — “You know, radiation — They are worried about radiation” — US officials concerned commercial air traffic would be grounded

Published: March 12th, 2012 at 8:56 am ET
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Title: Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi ET Audio File
Source: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Date: March 17, 2012

MR. CASTO: Yeah, it’s a significant amount of people, and they have — and they have authorized all Americans to go on the charter. So they have taken half the flights and have Embassy dependents — well, no, each flight — I don’t know how to say it. Now I’m starting to get tired. Each flight is reserved — half reserved for Embassy dependents, the other half of the flight is for American citizens.

MALE PARTICIPANT: Right.

MR. CASTO: Okay? So they’re pumping those, but they’re worried because, you know, they may get grounded eventually, because of — because of, you know, radiation. They are worried about radiation. Commercial air carriers are trying to make the decision whether they are going to stop their flights. And if they do, then that puts more pressure on the charter flights to get people out.

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20 comments to Airlines considered halting flights after Fukushima meltdowns — “You know, radiation — They are worried about radiation” — US officials concerned commercial air traffic would be grounded

  • whathefuku

    Didn't they turn off most of the "anti-terror" radiation monitors around airports right after the disaster when thousands of people fled Japan?


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    And so, as usual, another industry stops just short of doing the right thing, like grounding flights or directing them away from Fuku radiation. Too predictable that business-as-usual and profits trump the health of the flying public. With nukes, what you can't see can, in fact, kill you.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    You see that? Cindi Lauper all over tweets as basically saying GO TO JAPAN :( https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/fukushima


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Whoopie…oh she made me soooo mad.. I posted this to her facebook page..

      Yes, buy fukushima products and poison your family.. buy milk, cheese and other food products in your local market and poison your family courtesy of Fukushima.. these people will never go home again.. and Cyndi should use her celebrity to cry for justice, testing, evacuation and the end to nuclear power.. anything else is a ridiculous waste of time and occurs to be self promotion. Wake up Cyndi and educate yourself before you occur to be a 1%er… I have been a fan for decades, but this is unworthy. girls just want to have fun.. did you know nuclear contamination has a bigger toll on girls?


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      • SnorkY2K

        Don't worry, the radioactive wheat starts going into american school lunches as soon as our new free trade agreement goes into effect that prevents us from controlling the import of radiated foods from Japan. Since the Japanese are reducing their consumption of their wheat but the farmers keep producing from radiated farms as long as they are able, the price of Japanese wheat is falling making it a prime purchase for cost cutting dept of agriculture that oversees purchases of US school lunch supplies.


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  • exnavynuc exnavynuc

    March 17, 2012?


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  • jackassrig

    Well we can't have these poor CEO's not receiving their bonus this year. What would Johnny do without that new Hummer? Bonus driven.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Gundersen: One Year Anniversary of Fukushima Daiichi
    http://vimeo.com/38368502


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    RT @1CaptD Reforming America's nuclear regulators – Power Engineering: http://t.co/2DozWXlU via @AddThis


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    In 4 days….
    Thursday March 15 10AM EDT: U.S. Senate Hearing on the NRC's implementation of Fukushima Task Force recommendations http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2012/03/12/nrc-hearing-in-us-senate-thursday-mar-15-10am-edt/ ALL EYES ON YOU


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Coming right up on Cspan
    #Fukushima: Live 130 EST AEI Hosts Conference Around Anniversary of Japan Disasters | C-SPAN http://shar.es/pntuA


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  • Ron

    Mid April 2011 my wife and daughter needed to fly to Asia for family reasons. They flew out of LAX. I watched their flight path with an online flight tracker.

    Their plane flew directly over the top of Fukushima. I couldn't believe it. I called the airline (after having quite a hard time finding any way to contact their administrative offices, their flight counter people also refused to transfer my calls, finally I found a number someone posted on an obscure website) and got varying stories. We never go that way, one person told me, another told me that of course they fly that way but they're being "careful", etc. Another told me that there is no danger from the meltdowns, no radiation. The feeling I got was that they were WAY, WAY more concerned with using up a bit more fuel going behind the plume than about the longterm health effects on their passengers and flight crews.

    On the flight back they took the exact same path. True, some airlines temporarily stopped landing in some parts of Japan but I doubt that any of the airlines that flew over Fukushima pre 3/11 have ever altered their flight paths.

    People have this deeply ingrained notion that if you can't actually see something it probably doesn't exist. That belief is compounded when there is a financial motivation to ignore a hazard.


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    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      The lesson here is: always have a Geiger counter with you when flying. And always report your per hour dosage online, to your local paper, and to the airlines, along with demands to fly airplanes around plumes from Fuku.


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  • goathead goathead

    What about the radiation picked up by the planes and transported to other counties? What about the passengers walking across contaminated runways and what about the contamination that's brought onto planes? What about the cleaning crews that clean the planes, getting them ready for other passengers and what about the engineers working on the planes??????????????


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  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    Errrm… is this "news" to Americans?
    This was discussed in German media in March 2011 already…


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