Radiation risks cited in full-body airport scans

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Full-body airport security scanners manufactured by Torrance-based Rapiscan Inc.
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Torrance Resident

Torrance, CA

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Jun 1, 2010
 
This place is mostly ran from people on work visa's. They don't care about American's just money.
Debbie

Los Angeles, CA

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Jun 1, 2010
 

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Not to mention the danger of TSA pedophiles using the images across the Internet. Just say no!

Bring in more bomb sniffing dogs. I would rather be sniffed by a dog than radiated by my own government.
Chris Davis

Bishops Stortford, UK

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Jun 1, 2010
 
Israeli-style security tactics,thats what we want.the trouble now is that BAA British vetted security staff are now being employed at a minimum.Cheap labour foreign seasonals is now what we are getting-does that make you feel safe?
Mike Hanley

Charleston, SC

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Jun 2, 2010
 
There are two types of whole body security scanners at airports which are very different than the baggage scanners. Millimeter Wave Scanners use radio waves which are not ionizing (i.e. do not induce cancer). Backscatter Wave Scanners use very weak x-rays at a dose of less than 10 microrem per scan (0.001 mSv). For comparison it would take;

80 airport security scans to equal 1 day of natural background radiation
200 airport security scans to equal the radiation from a 7 hour flight
1000 airport security scans to equal one chest x-ray

www.xrayrisk.com has more info on radiation and cancer risk.
not a fine wine

Clifton Park, NY

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So let's see. You're going to get on a flight and be exposed to added radiation, so let's get the ball rolling, and zap you before you start.

I am all for airport security, but let's use what we've learned and stop with this PC correctness. You are who your friends are. If you look the part suffer the consequences. If you run around with your pants on the ground... you might be a gang banger. What's the saying.... here's your sign !!

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