This is unrelated to the backscatter screeners and pat-downs, but is relevant to the security theater and what’s-with-the-TSA discussion.
Interesting insight into the backscatter scanners’ safety.
(Source: Washington Post)
Four UC-San Francisco professors say the differences between typical medical X-ray machines and the TSA backscatter machines warrant further testing to make sure the latter are safe.
The FDA responded, but
gave the issues little more than a data-driven brush off. They cite five studies in response to the professors’ request for independent verification of the safety of these X-rays; however, three are more than a decade old, and none of them deal specifically with the low-energy X-rays the professors are concerned about. The letter also doesn’t mention the FDA’s own classification of X-rays as carcinogens in 2005.
The TSA backlash has itself inspired a backlash, in articles like these from The Daily Beast, Time, and Politico. But in trying to be all mature and non-hyperbolic, these pieces largely ignore the heart of the issue.
(Source: The New York Times)