Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Scientists Cast Doubt on TSA Tests of Full-Body Scanners

The TSA claims that the full-body scanners are totally safe, but they won't allow any neutral scientists to verify this.

Scientists Cast Doubt on TSA Tests of Full-Body Scanners explains:

The Transportation Security Administration says its full-body X-ray scanners are safe and that radiation from a scan is equivalent to what's received in about two minutes of flying. The company that makes them says it's safer than eating a banana.
But some scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say the evidence made public to support those claims is unreliable. And in a new letter sent to White House science adviser John Holdren, they question why the TSA won't make the scanners available for independent testing by outside scientists.

later in the article one scientist reveals:

"There's no real data on these machines, and in fact, the best guess of the dose is much, much higher than certainly what the public thinks," said John Sedat, a professor emeritus in biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF and the primary author of the letter.

Hat tip: Boycott Flying

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