KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia may step up checks on air travelers after South Korea reported unusually high levels of radiation on three airline passengers arriving from Japan on Thursday, the government said.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Maximus Ongkili said the examination of passengers from Japan at Malaysian airports could be broadened to include those arriving from other countries which record contamination.
"We will link up with Korea immediately to check further and our standby plans for intensifying checks will roll out as needed," Maximus, whose ministry oversees radiation monitoring activities, told reporters.
"We are open to increasing scanning to other countries."
Malaysia has been scanning passengers, baggage and aircraft arriving from Japan at the country's airports since Monday.
Maximus said radiation scanning would be stepped up at Malaysia's two major shipping ports, Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas.
In South Korea, officials detected unusually high levels of radiation on three passengers arriving from Japan on Thursday on the first day of such checks at the country's main Incheon airport.
(Reporting by Razak Ahmad; editing by Liau Y-Sing)