Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Patient's medical procedure sets off nuclear alarm in Chicago transportation

Published time: March 18, 2013 19:51
Image from flickr.com user@PhillipC

Image from flickr.com user@PhillipC

Federal agents stormed through a Chicago train on Thursday, probing for a nuclear threat. After searching bags and questioning passengers, the TSA’s VIPR team discovered that they detected radiation from a man who had undergone a nuclear stress test.

“Does anybody know who’s bag this is?” agents from the elite Transportation Security Administration’s VIPR team said as they raided the 5:04 p.m. Union Pacific West line train. Carrying hand-held nuclear detection devices that had picked up a reading, the agents spent 15 minutes swarming the Metra train in search of what they thought was a nuclear threat, CBS News reports.

CBS photojournalist Lana Hinshaw-Klann captured a video of the raid using a cell phone camera, which shows federal agents holding the train at a station in Ogilvie while narrowing down their search.

“Sir, do you have an explanation as to why I am getting a high isotope reading on your bag?” an officer asked a man on the train, who looked perplexed.

Meanwhile, Chicago attorney Jerry Jones, who was sitting beside the agents’ target, realized that he was the one they were looking for – but throughout the raid, he was just as confused as everyone else on the train.

“I had no idea I was the center of the activity,” he told CBS.

Earlier that day, Jones went to a hospital to undergo a nuclear stress test, which is also known as myocardial perfusion imaging. The test examines the patient’s flow of blood to the heart, and patients frequently admit radiation for several hours – sometimes days – after the test.

Jones raised his hand and told the TSA agents that he had undergone a nuclear stress test that morning. Passengers were allowed to leave the train only after Jones showed the agents an identification card and proof of the nuclear test. Patients who have had a nuclear stress test are often given a card to show security officers, in case they get stopped at airports or other high-security areas.

While some may have been annoyed at the holdup, Jones told CBS that he was happy "knowing there are people on the lookout for this type of thing.” He believes that agents must have picked up on the radiation as he entered the train station, and traced it all the way to his cabin.

The elite TSA VIPR team was created after the 2005 train bombing in Madrid. The team is employed to protect US public transportation and “can be deployed at random locations and times with local authorities to deter and defeat terrorist activity”, the agency writes on its website. “TSA routinely conducts thousands of VIPR operations each year in transportation systems nationwide.”

Comments (9)

Anonymous user 19.03.2013 21:54

That is a photo of the Blue Line;
which the homeless ride all night
& stain seats with fecal/urine!

Anonymous user 19.03.2013 05:56

I would be afraid to get on that subway. It's full of rats and disease. Juat another day in America.

Anonymous user 19.03.2013 05:55

America's subways look 19 century because making bombs and killing Iraqi children is a priority.

View all comments (9)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us

Follow us