Xray Scanner Safety Testing

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Elizabeth Conley, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-tsa-testing-20120120,0,5840852.story

    TSA open to more testing on airport scanners

    We need to keep the pressure on until a scientifically valid study on Xray scammer safety is performed and the results are made public.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It doesn't matter, because these people have completely missed the boat: X-ray radiation that is not medically necessary is not "safe".

    When x-ray radiation is medically necessary, then they can weigh the amount of radiation vs. the medical benefits.
     
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  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I left a comment at that LA Times story and see that Elizabeth and Fisher did, too.
     
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I thought that's what the TSA screeners were for - to replace lab rats.

    After all, nobody gets emotionally attached to the TSA screeners - and there are still some things you can't get rats to do to each other.
     
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  5. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    From the article:

    Even so, Soule said the TSA has made no final decision on whether to buy the testing equipment or do the employee testing. He called the request for information “a preliminary step to see what technology is available to meet our needs.”

    Sounds like they want to game the system, but maybe that's just me being cynical.
     
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    1. TSA News: TSA to Spend Money on Radiation Dosimeters

    2. TSA's Blogger Bog Repeats Unfounded Claims about Scanners
     
  7. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Ahhh...TSA employees are the new lawyers. :p
     
  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Almost. Lawyers are at least human beings.
     
  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Hey, wait! I'm not so bad! :)
     
  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yes, we love Sunny and we love good lawyers. God knows we need them.
     
  11. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

  12. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Excellent! Except for this:

    >The new bill drafted by Collins would require the TSA to choose an independent laboratory to measure the radiation emitted by a scanner currently in use at an airport checkpoint.

    I'm not sure why Collins would allow the TSA to choose an independent laboratory......
     
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  13. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Completely agree. As I was told in another context, "if we can't control the numbers, we won't pay for it."
     
  14. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    This also bothers me, because it's not true:
    Hopkins has repeatedly said it did not test the scanners.
     
  15. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I just left a comment at ProPublica to that effect.
     
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  16. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Let's see if TSA News gets any comments from outside TUG on this at TSA News Blog:

    Proposed Bill in Congress to Test XRay Scanners
     
  17. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    By the way, Sen. Susan Collins voted Yes on the NDAA, so she's not exactly in our corner.
     
  18. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Comment left at ProPublica:
    Obviously, it's way too early to tell if his tumor was caused by these machines. I think epidemiological studies will be done, and I think they'll find cancer clusters, but it's going to take 20 or 30 years. Still, multiply this comment by hundreds of thousands of TSA employees who might also be worried.
     
  19. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Does it always take so long for cancer to appear? Are some people more susceptible to it?
     
  20. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Yes, some people are more genetically predisposed to certain forms of cancer, via inheritance. Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and testicular cancer have all had familial links established. Not sure about other forms.
     

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