US scientists have warned that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe.
"They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays," Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine, told AFP on Friday.
"No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are hazardous, but we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner," he said.
Not that I have the least amount of sympathy for them, because they chose to be what they are, but those TSA workers are getting bathed in the leakage of the backscatter machines every hour of every day they work. Yes, the government insists these highly-profitable machines are safe, but the US Government said exactly the same thing about the shoe store fluoroscopes in the 1940s ... right up until the shoe store salesmen started dying of cancer in the 1960s.