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2011-03-16 13:46:53

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun to use whole-body imaging scanners as a primary screening measure on travelers passing through airport security checkpoints. One type of scanner employs millimeter wave technology, which delivers no ionizing radiation. However, the second type of scanner currently deployed at airports uses backscatter X-rays that expose the individual being screened to very low levels of ionizing radiation. In the April issue of Radiology, two...

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2011-03-12 07:30:00

Radiation test results from airport screening equipment will start being made public by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in an effort to calm the lingering fears many passengers have about potential health risks. The TSA said it also discovered anomalies in some reports, including missing data and calculation errors unrelated to safety. It said as an extra cautionary measure it has ordered retesting of all full-body scanners as well as other X-ray equipment airports use to...

2011-02-18 14:27:00

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley®-based Nucsafe is doing its part to assure the safety of the final Space Shuttle Discovery mission scheduled for later this month. NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of critically wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is scheduled to command the mission. Kelly and his crew will depend upon Nucsafe's back scatter x-ray imaging technology to assure the structural...

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2011-02-02 08:25:00

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday unveiled its new pilot program aimed at calming the uproar over full-body scanners used to screen travelers at airports around the country. The new software will no longer produce an image of the actual person said the TSA. The new scanners will be released in three US airports that will show screeners an alert on a generic male or female figure only if something suspicious is detected and will highlight the spot of concern. The...

2010-12-07 16:23:00

ENOLA, Pa., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has engaged in a series of conversations with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to discuss clarifications and improvements to airport screening procedures. In response to feedback from sexual assault survivors, the NSVRC has informed TSA that their current screening procedures involving full-body scans and enhanced pat-downs cause some travelers to feel victimized, and may...

2010-12-04 00:00:43

Study by Lab42 reveals TSA's new enhanced pat downs pressure travelers to accept backscatter X-rays. Chicago (PRWEB) December 2, 2010 Lab42, an innovative market research start-up, published results today of a study revealing travelers' sentiments regarding new TSA security guidelines. With the peak travel season now underway, Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new security guidelines have recently become a subject of controversy. In many airports across the country, travelers...

2010-11-15 04:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pro-consumer grassroots effort We Won't Fly is organizing mass x-ray scanner opt outs at airports around the nation for National Opt Out of the Airport Scanners Day, November 24, in order to highlight the health and privacy dangers of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) backscatter x-ray airport scanners. "Not only are these porno scanners a gross violation of individual privacy," said boycott co-founder George Donnelly,...

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2010-11-13 07:35:00

The US government's efforts to strengthen airport security came under fire by scientists Friday, warning that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners that are used in airports to screen airline passengers and crews could be hazardous to their health. "They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays," Dr Michael Love, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told AFP. "No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know...

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2010-02-06 07:55:00

An recent inter-agency report states that air passengers should be made aware of the health risks of airport body screenings and governments need to explain any decision to expose the public to higher levels of cancer-causing radiation. The Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety's report said pregnant women and children should not be subject to scanning, even though the radiation dose from body scanners is "extremely small." Bloomberg recently reported that it will not be possible to...

2010-01-07 13:35:54

Amid concerns regarding terrorists targeting airliners using weapons less detectable by traditional means, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ramping up deployment of whole body scanners at security checkpoints in U.S. airports. These systems produce anatomically accurate images of the body and can detect objects and substances concealed by clothing. To date, TSA has deployed two types of scanning systems: Millimeter wave technology uses low-level radio waves in the...


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