Six United Nations (UN) agencies monitoring Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have confirmed that there is no health safety hazard, and said that screening for radiation of passengers arriving from Japan is currently considered unnecessary at airports around the world.
The joint statement was prepared by the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Tourism Organization.
According to the UN statement, continuous monitoring around Japan’s airports confirms that radiation levels are well within safe limits from a health perspective. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the report.
“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,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General & CEO.