What is the truth about this seemingly innocuous technology?
TSA publically responded to the accusations, and to the ProPublica report, claiming that the radiation each of these machines emitted was “negligible”, pointing to some studies. However, TSA consequently decided to remove most of the backscatters and replace them with newer millimeter wave scanners, which pose less radiation as they said.
Ex-Senator Susan Collins who wrote a bill in 2012 to require further investigation regarding TSA backscatters technology said on that occasion that “while TSA has told the public that the amount of radiation emitted from these machines is small, passengers and some scientific experts have raised questions about the impact of repeated exposure to this radiation”.
Regarding millimeter wave radiation TSA says “[Millimeter Wave] technology bounces harmless electromagnetic waves off the body to create the same generic image for all passengers.”
However, a recent report posted in Collective Evolution explains that this radiation can cause among others, cancer, fertility and fetal development problems. “Millimeter waves have been reported to produce a variety of bioeffects, many of which are quite unexpected from radiation penetrated less than 1 mm into biological tissues.”
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