Science: Hot Clothes at Idlewild

A new hazard of the nuclear age came to light last week. Five mechanics of Pan American World Airways had been in Gander, Nfld., to check the Boeing 707 jetliner that went into an unscheduled dive-and almost plunged its passengers into the Atlantic (TIME, Feb. 16). They did their job and returned to New York. When the mechanics passed through a gate at Idlewild International Airport, one of the unseen Geiger counters that monitor international travelers chattered an alarm; some of the work clothes they were wearing were radioactive. At the Pan American...

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