We recently treated a 34-year-old man for Graves disease with 20 mCi of iodine 131. Twenty-four hours after treatment, his radioactive iodine uptake was 63%. Three weeks after treatment, he returned to our clinic complaining that he had been strip-searched twice at Manhattan subway stations. Police had identified him as emitting radiation and had detained him for further questioning.
Another reason to avoid public transportation!
Interesting search and seizure question presented. One can decline an airport search by choosing not to fly. Can one decline a subway search by choosing not to travel? Does the emission of radioactivity provide sufficient suspicion or probable cause for a so-called Terry Stop by police? Who knows?