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The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that 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 says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe.
In the past, the TSA has failed to properly monitor and ensure the safety of X-ray devices used on luggage. A 2008 report by the wor
Originally posted by Quickfix
Can you say, Sterile?
Originally posted by Quickfix
maybe just avoid the airport all together..
TSA agents stand near a full-body scanner at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 22. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the TSA takes steps to protect workers against excessive exposures to radiation.
When investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's workplace safety team visited a dozen airports in 2003 and 2004, what they found was disturbing — at least to federal airport workers. Although most radiation levels around baggage X-ray machines were low, six of 281 machines used to screen checked luggage violated federal radiation standards, some emitting two or three times the allowed limit, the CDC found. Perhaps most troubling, the CDC had found what the Transportation Security Administration hadn't noticed. The TSA and its contractors had failed to identify the machines that were emitting excessive radiation — a failure that continues to leave TSA workers and some lawmakers uneasy, especially as the agency continues to deploy hundreds of controversial radiation-emitting machines to help screen passengers.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Friday said it is "unacceptable" that the Transportation Security Administration has been collecting inaccurate data about the radiation levels of body-scanning technology. TSA began posting radiation data on its website to allay fears that the body-scanner technology is unsafe. The technology became widely used in airports after a Nigerian man was accused in 2009 of attempting to blow up a jetliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear. TSA released the radiation data Friday while cautioning that some of it was flawed. TSA said it would retest all radiation-emitting equipment that produced inaccurate data.
Originally posted by finalword
Cancer or sexual assault? I'll take sexual assault since it's not going to increase my risk of premature death.
This is why this issue will get some attention even when others don't...because TPTB fly and they don't want to get zapped by poorly maintained or malfunctioning machines either.
Originally posted by zorgon
This may be a good thing. Radiation scares people. Even the PTB don't want to get zapped.