Newark checkpoint evacuated for gas smell

Old Nov 17, 07, 2:05 pm
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Newark checkpoint evacuated for gas smell

Too many beans for lunch?

"Part of Newark airport evacuated amid strong smell of natural gas; flights not affected"

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21846867/
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Old Nov 17, 07, 2:11 pm
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"Natural" (CH4/methane) gas is odorless. Could they be referring to the gas supplied by the gas company, which has sulfur added to aid in gas leak detection?

Not going to comment on this leak's proximity to the "security" checkpoint...
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Old Nov 17, 07, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by vassilipan View Post
Too many beans for lunch?

"Part of Newark airport evacuated amid strong smell of natural gas; flights not affected"

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21846867/
They did the correct thing, IMO. This would have been one of the two international terminals in "B" EWR.

What bothers me is that utility workers could not find a natural gas (or high levels of carbon monoxide) leak -- something this could be attributed to. Hopefully they will continue looking into this. This wouldn't be the first time something "unknown" such as this has happened.

This reminds me of an incident at the Virgin Blue terminal at MEL. There was some type of leak with an odor in the air, a number of people got sick, but they could not find the cause.
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Old Nov 17, 07, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Spiff View Post
"Natural" (CH4/methane) gas is odorless. Could they be referring to the gas supplied by the gas company, which has sulfur added to aid in gas leak detection?
You are correct.

Interesting that two TSA employees were taken to the hospital. Worker's comp, perhaps?
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Because methane--and therefore, natural gas--does not have any odor, the gas company adds a warning "rotten-egg" smell (mercaptan, thiophane or a similar sulfur-based compound) that can be easily detected by most people.

But, as OP said...Could have been beans and cabbage for lunch
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Old Nov 18, 07, 8:51 am
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Surprised no one has said that such a foul odor would be an improvement around the City of Newark and the airport itself.
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Old Nov 18, 07, 9:20 am
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It's Jersey. Doesn't it smell like that all the time?
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Old Nov 18, 07, 10:29 am
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What? No interview with the architect or building maintenance folks -- who likely would have revealed the absence of any 'gas line' within 100-yards

Obviously, from a previously-confinscated egg-salad sammitch.
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Old Nov 19, 07, 6:06 am
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This happened again on Sunday (11/18). I overheard some TSA folks discussing it while they were trying to figure out how to (in)appropriately intimidate and harass me for choosing to not show ID at the checkpoint. My understanding is that they didn't evacuate the terminal of screened pax on Sunday, but they did clear out the ticketing area for a while.
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