Closed captioning of: Japan nukes crisis heightens fears in U.S.
in the news, airline passengers arriving in the u.s. from
are being tested for radiation. nbc's
has more from
los angeles international airport
. george, good morning.
good morning. if you're coming from
you may get greeted at the airport by an inspector with a
. so far these added checks have found only trace amounts of radiation on passengers and lugga luggage. in one case it was a shipment of medical supplies that triggered the detectors. passengers arriving from
are getting extra scrutiny when they land in this country as
spews out of the japanese
authorities here are watching the air over the pacific. this new york times animation based on data from a
monitoring agency shows how the plume of
might spread to the west coastal although by the time it gets here it will be highly dispersed.
it gets pulled apart and turns into a huge volume of air and essentially gets diluted.
experts say it will be barely detectable on the monitors run by the epa and other agencies. from the
, this assurance.
we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the
, hawaii, alaska or
in the pacific.
people on the
have been stocking up on iodine pills that can ward off
in case of
although doctors have been saying it's unnecessary and the pills can have harmful
. this as people continue to flee
to get away from the threat of radiation there. now, authorities say the added radiation checks at the airport are being done out of an abundance of caution but there is no concern right now.
at lax this morning. thank you.