Despite the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) assertion that airport full-body and x-ray scanners aren’t hazardous to human health, several studies insist otherwise. In addition to privacy concerns, a controversial study by ProPublica explained that “backscatters” scanners — imaging device that x-rays the human body as it passes through it — were dangerous to our health because they used ionizing radiation.
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”.
As reported by Natural News, Dr. Davis B. Agus, who authored the book “The Lucky Years: How To Thrive In The Brave New World Of Health” said in 2016 that TSA full-body scanners might be a cause for cancer and that they should be preferentially avoided. “In those airports, they’re putting energy through you. We don’t have a lot of long-term outcome data and it’s all new. I’m not a believer in technologies like that….I get a pat down when I go through and I opt out. I’m not comfortable without data. It’s worth it in the long run.”
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.”