Here’s a piece about the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which says it’s got evidence that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to properly evaluate the level of risk from airport body scanners.
According to this report EPIC says they have obtained, through a FOIA report, emails and other documentation to show that TSA staff have been concerned that a large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease.
“Because TSA systems comply with federal regulations, the increased risk of developing radiation-induced cancer in later life is extremely small, no greater than other risks people routinely accept in their daily lives”.
I was wondering when this might become an issue. In my dentists’ office everyone runs for cover when they snap a photo.
Yeah, not the same equipment, less radiation per photo and all that, but the sheer volume of traffic these TSA workers are dealing with has got to make a difference surely?
Too early to tell from this kind of report how much substance there is in this story, but my instinct is that there’s no way using these machines day in and day out can be harmless.