Is lead undetectable to an airport X-ray machine?

Let's say you put a piece of lead in your luggage and it goes through the airport's x-ray machine. Would it show up on the screen?

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  • Jeff H
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    First, lead will not show up as an identifiable object like clothing will however it will show up on the x-ray as an identifiable dark mass. This would immediately alert the staff and the bag would be pulled and possibly detonated, at a safe distance, by the bomb squad. They would assume that the lead was there to hide something sinister. Of course by this time you would be sitting in security trying to explain why you had lead in your luggage (and they do not have a sense of humour).

    So yes, lead would show up on the screen

    "hellmax" indicates that it is useful for hiding objects but the fact it is there would be obvious to the people viewing the x-ray and, in fact, highlight that there is something to be hidden. So it would, in fact, have the opposite effect.

  • 9 years ago

    Lead is very dense so it absorbs the radiation used to scan luggage, it will still show up on the screen but nothing below it will appear so its can/has been used for hiding certain metallic objects but you would need a lot of lead to do it successfully.

    p.s. i dont suggest/encourage that you would use it for anything illegal or of the sort, i am merely stating methods that have been used to transport hidden metallic objects items amongst large quantities of equipment/materials containing lead (e.g. a shipment of professional golf club heads) by courier flights (not hand luggage, as a bright large mass would defiantly alert security).

  • 3 years ago

    Are you talking approximately those that x-ray luggage or are you talking relating to the only used to test own products? you will might desire to discover out how solid the x-rays have been. in straightforward terms the airport protection or the folk who set up the machines could in all threat understand. i could think of they are enormously low in potential. there is too many human beings around to have them set to an extremely intense potential. Pops

  • 9 years ago

    Lead blocks x rays quite effectively, so it would be quite obvious to the operator.

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  • 9 years ago

    every thing shows up on the screen

  • Neil
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    No, it's not undetectable. Yes, it would show up.

  • Fred F
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Yes it would show up.

  • 9 years ago

    Probably be the brightest thing in your bag.

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