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Bye-Bye to the Airport TSA Backscatter Machines

Backscatter Machine

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  • Rapiscan “backscatter” screening machines, which project x-ray beams onto your body using dangerous ionizing radiation, are being removed from U.S. airports
  • Rapiscan was unable to meet a Congressional mandate to use new software with the machines that addresses some privacy concerns, and as a result TSA terminated their contract with the company
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has signed a $245-million contract with American Science and Engineering, a company that uses the same backscatter technology as Rapiscan, but has the updated software to address the privacy concerns
  • Ionizing radiation causes DNA damage that can lead to cancer; the European Commission banned x-ray body scanners that use backscatter radiation from airports back in 2011 due to health concerns
  • You always have the right to opt-out of x-ray body scanners while traveling and can choose to have a manual pat-down instead; signing up for the Global Entry program may also help you bypass security in airports

By Dr. Mercola

Rapiscan "backscatter" screening machines, which project x-ray beams onto your body using ionizing radiation, are being removed from U.S. airports.


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