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Can the security scanners at USA airports detect metal in the form of powder dispersed in a bottle of liquid?

For example, if you had powdered thallium mixed up in a bottle of liquid would that set off the security scanners?
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What is the bottle made from?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Just regular glass.

Vito what amount of metal are we talking about here.

How much in grams?

Also what is the top of the bottle made from?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

A normal glass bottle with a normal plastic top.

1 gram or more.

Thanks for the information Vito.

After doing some research it is confirmed that radioactive thallium is not actually allowed in airports and would in fact set off radiation alarms. Your question about thallium in an aqueous solution contained in a glass bottle with a plastic top would also trigger the radiation alarms.

This would also show during the dexa scans if carried in person and the bottle itself would visually show on the xray belt as the bottle/bag it was in passed within the machine without a doubt.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

So the same would apply to thallium sulfate, correct?

Hi Vito,

Thallium sulfate would also trigger alarms as well, yes.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you very much.

You are very welcome - it was a pleasure working with you Vito

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