EU Bans Airport X-Ray Scanners Over Health Concerns

TSA ScanReports Julia Whitty on Mother Jones:

Citing health concerns, the European Union banned from European airports this week the same kind of X-ray scanners used by TSA in airports across the US. Here’s the EU’s wording:

In order not to risk jeopardising citizens’ health and safety, only security scanners which do not use X-ray technology are added to the list of authorised methods for passenger screening at EU airports.

In How Safe Are TSA’s Porno Scanners? I wrote about the risks of using ionizing radiation in routine airport screenings. Concerned scientists have noted the health risks of X-ray scanners, where even low levels of radiation increase cancer risks. They also note that TSA’s safety testing is flawed, since:

  1. testing is not done on the skin, which receives most backscatter X-rays
  2. the devices used for testing airport scanners are not designed for testing airport scanners

Worse, as Pro Publica points out, TSA’s safety tests are strangely obtuse:

The researchers’ names have been kept secret, and the report on the tests is so “heavily redacted” that “there is no way to repeat any of these measurements.”

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8 Comments on "EU Bans Airport X-Ray Scanners Over Health Concerns"

  1. Mamagriff50 | Nov 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm |

    The scanners are there “For our Protection”, so saya the TSA and the U.S. government. Well a plot probably won’t kill you on an airplane. But thanks to our government and the TSA cancer just might. That should give you comfort when your dying of cancer that it was given to you by American terrorists.

  2. Mamagriff50 | Nov 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm |

    The scanners are there “For our Protection”, so saya the TSA and the U.S. government. Well a plot probably won’t kill you on an airplane. But thanks to our government and the TSA cancer just might. That should give you comfort when your dying of cancer that it was given to you by American terrorists.

  3. simple drawing | Nov 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm |

    there must be a better way. didnt they  have one that sniffed out certain compounds used to make explosives?

  4. simple drawing | Nov 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |

    there must be a better way. didnt they  have one that sniffed out certain compounds used to make explosives?

  5. Anonymous | Dec 5, 2011 at 11:28 am |

     This is very good Decision taken by the EU to ban X-rays over health concern.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111126002651AAqylKm

  6. Anonymous | Dec 6, 2011 at 11:04 am |

    This is very good Jobs by the EU ban X-Rays scanner over health scanner for awareness and Protect the people.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111128203849AAxrVq9

  7. Teknogroove | Dec 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |

    Damn, now I have to fluff before I get on the plane?

  8. Teknogroove | Dec 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm |

    Damn, now I have to fluff before I get on the plane?

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