Information Notice No.80-18 – Possible Weapons Smuggling Pouch
SSINS No. 6870
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
May 5, 1980
Information Notice No. 80-18
POSSIBLE WEAPONS SMUGGLING POUCH
The NRC recently received information concerning a device used for smuggling
that can preclude detection of weapons by security X-ray machines. The
device is described as a gray, metalfoil pouch measuring approximately 20" x
12" which can be folded to wallet size when not in use. When in use, X-ray
images produce only a mottled picture with no indications of a solid mass
such as that of a weapon or similar contraband.
The same material used to construct the pouch has been used to line hollow
compartments of hand-carried packages and parcels such as attache and
The pouch is reported to look something like a leadlined pouch sold in the
U.S. to protect film from harmful X-ray effect, except that the U.S.
manufactured pouch distinctly reveals the silhouette of any solid mass
content such as that produced by a gun when subjected to X-ray.
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