Health

The TSA Is Not Eliminating X-Ray Body Scanners

Posted by on January 23, 2013 at 5:53 am

Contrary to reports last week that the TSA is eliminating its expensive fleet of x-ray body scanners from airports, the federal agency signed a contract months ago with a separate company to provide the very same machines.

Security scanner blamed for woman’s death

Posted by on January 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

A 57-year-old Palestinian woman with a pacemaker died over the weekend, after passing through the scanning machine at the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Scientists can’t check TSA’s scanner-safety claims

Posted by on December 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

The problem: TSA offers no proof that anyone is checking that those machines are “working properly. Further, the Department of Homeland Security agency refuses to release exposure data to top non-TSA safety experts.

UCSF Professor on Body Scanner Radiation

Posted by on December 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

One of the problems is that they may not do their job well and will irradiate an entire population certainly causing some cancers. Further the machines are extremely mechanically complex and any error or failure could lead to an unintended very high does of radiation.

Cancer Alert for Travelers

Posted by on December 13, 2010 at 9:17 am

Another thing that’s got me really worried is they’re dosing gonads with radiation and not protecting them. Even when you take a chest X-ray they give you a lead shield to put over your groin area. Are you going to carry one of those with you to the airport?

Inside TSA scanners: How terahertz waves tear apart human DNA

Posted by on December 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

In layman’s terms what Alexandrov and his team discovered is that the resonant effects of the THz waves bombarding humans unzips the double-stranded DNA molecule. This ripping apart of the twisted chain of DNA creates bubbles between the genes that can interfere with the processes of life itself: normal DNA replication and critical gene expression.

TSA workers, experts worry about radiation exposure

Posted by on December 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

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.