“TSA Scanners, Radiation and Cancer”
Any way you slice it, the more radiation one is exposed to, the higher is their risk of developing cancer. For years, we have been assured that the body scanners used in airports are completely safe and that the technology used was different from x-rays. Well, not so fast. Back in March of 2011, the Transportation Security Administration announced it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected. The TSA’s review of maintenance reports, launched Dec. 10, 2010 came only after USA TODAY and lawmakers called for the release of the records. The TSA said it would continue to release results from maintenance tests for the approximately 4,500 X-ray devices at airports nationwide. Those devices include machines that examine checked luggage. Of the reports posted, about a third showed some sort of error. Folks, these are some of the same x-ray machines they herd us through on a daily basis at airports all over America.