Health concerns over scanners linger

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Sunny Goth, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I see they're still citing the Johns Hopkins "report."

    http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire...-raise-doubts-about-safety-full-body-scanners

    "...the scientists note that the test results that the TSA cites come from a Johns Hopkins University lab which did not have access to the actual x-ray machine used at airports. Instead researchers were only able to observe as Rapiscan, the machine’s manufacturer, ran their own tests on a mock up model built using spare parts and configured to resemble the TSA machines."


    Johns Hopkins' "study" was useless for safety evaluation - as per Johns Hopkins!
     
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  3. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

  4. gojirasan

    gojirasan Original Member

    Plastic forks and knives maybe?
     
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  5. RadioGirl

    RadioGirl Original Member

    Whew! I thought this was going to be another "are you really, really sure the MMW isn't dangerous" thread and I just can't face it today. :p
    Yeah, that's pretty pathetic. Obviously Kane is trying to draw a parallel with the "longstanding fundamental principle of radiation safety — that humans shouldn’t be x-rayed unless there is a medical benefit" quoted earlier. He can't cite a "medical benefit" of course (which, duh, would benefit the patient) so he makes up "security benefit" which is only a (highly dubious) benefit to the other passengers.

    "Really, really" is widely used ;) in quantum physics, astronomy, geology, and other sciences involving things that are mind-bogglingly small, fast, large or old, at least when communicating with the general public. :D
     
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  6. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Sure, what's a hundred deaths a year or so for this "really, really" vague benefit? These folks were probably useless anyway.

    Where do they get these spokesmen?
     
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  7. RadioGirl

    RadioGirl Original Member

    http://www.tsa.gov/who_we_are/people/bios/robin_kane_bio.shtm
    IOW, he should know better than to make such statements.
     
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  8. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

  9. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Yes. Or, another way to look at it is that his background and education leaves him with no excuse for what he's doing, pimping for the TSA and letting hundreds of people die of cancer unnecessarily.
     
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  10. RadioGirl

    RadioGirl Original Member

    Can't argue with that. OTOH, maybe a degree in "ocean engineering" from the Coast Guard Academy doesn't offer a lot of job opportunities. ;)
     
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