IATA welcomed (01-Apr-2011) confirmation from six United Nations (UN) agencies monitoring Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that there is no health or transportation safety hazard. The UN statement also confirmed that screening for radiation of passengers arriving from Japan is currently considered unnecessary at airports or seaports around the world. The joint statement was prepared by the World Health Organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organisation, the International Maritime Organisation, the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the World Tourism Organisation. According to the UN statement, continuous monitoring around Japan’s airports confirms that radiation levels are well within safe limits from a health perspective. [more]
IATA: “Safety is always the top priority. The transparent and continuous monitoring of the situation has allowed Japanese and international authorities to confirm that Japan’s airports remain open and safe for travelers and transport workers. It is important that governments and industry respond to the challenges of this crisis with best practices supported by expert advice. We are reassured that the UN is not recommending screening measures for passengers coming from Japan,” Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 01-Apr-2011.