Monday, June 27, 2011

Cancer Clusters Detected in TSA Agents Operating Body Imaging Scanners

TSA promised us these naked scanners body imaging devices were safe. Apparently, there is concern by employees inside TSA that the devices are causing cancer. New FOIA documents released by reveal:
  • TSA employees have identified cancer clusters allegedly linked to radiation exposure while operating body scanners and other screening technology. However, the agency failed to issue employees dosimeters - safety devices that would warn of radiation exposure. 
  • The DHS has publicly mischaracterized the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, stating that NIST "affirmed the safety" of full body scanners. NIST stated that the Institute did not, in fact, test full body scanners for safety, and that the Institute does not do product testing.
  • A Johns Hopkins University study revealed that radiation zones around body scanners could exceed the “General Public Dose Limit.”
  • A NIST study warns airport screeners to avoid standing next to full body scanners.


Anonymous said...

Nobody saw this coming. (snark)

GeronL said...

I guess there is a downside to looking at peoples naughty bits all day?