TSA Admits Radiation from Body Scanners Is 10 Times Higher Than They Initially Stated

ScannersDavid Kravets writes in WIRED’s Threat Level:

The Transportation Security Administration is re-analyzing the radiation levels of X-ray body scanners installed in airports nationwide, after testing produced dramatically higher-than-expected results.

The TSA, which has deployed at least 500 body scanners to at least 78 airports, said Tuesday the machines meet all safety standards and would remain in operation despite a “calculation error” in safety studies. The flawed results showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.

At least one flier group, the Association for Airline Passenger Rights, is urging the government to stop using the $180,000 machines that produce a virtual-nude image of the body until new tests are concluded in May.

“Airline passengers have enough concerns about flying — including numerous ones about how TSA conducts its haphazard security screenings — so it is TSA’s responsibility to ensure passengers are not being exposed to unhealthy amounts of radiation,” Brandon Macsata, executive director of the group, said in a statement.

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  • WhiteRose

    This is yet another farce that has flier thinking they are safe. I wonder who got rich off the contracts for these machines?

  • WhiteRose

    This is yet another farce that has flier thinking they are safe. I wonder who got rich off the contracts for these machines?

  • Bob

    It’s things like this that make me applaud the efforts of the hacking community.  Please dig up EVERYTHING you can.  When these issues see the light of day is when we as the public can address them and demand justice for our grievances.

  • Bob

    It’s things like this that make me applaud the efforts of the hacking community.  Please dig up EVERYTHING you can.  When these issues see the light of day is when we as the public can address them and demand justice for our grievances.