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TSA Claims X-ray Scanners are Safe as Europe Bans Scanners for ‘Health, Safety’

Anthony Gucciardi
November 20th, 2011
Updated 11/08/2012 at 5:27 pm
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The European Union has decided to ban all X-ray scanners from EU airports in order to protect the health and safety of EU citizens, yet the TSA still claims that the scanners are completely safe. The ban comes after the recent media outburst regarding the 1998 report that linked the X-ray scanners to cancer. The report found that the machines could be causing 100 cases of cancer per year conservatively.

It is quite clear that the TSA is clinging on to the X-ray scanners for dear life, while the EU is taking the appropriate steps in protecting the health of travelers. This is evidenced by how differently the two governing bodies responding to the X-ray scanner cancer issue.

The European Union, following the news that the scanners are causing a threat to public health, decided to address the threat by removing the scanners. The European Commission issued a press release on November 14th calling for members of the European Union to remove X-ray scanners from its airports to avoid risking “citizens’ health and safety.” The United States on the other hand, went back on a promise to launch an independent safety into the machines.

Instead of commissioning the independent review, TSA administrator John Pistole has declared a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ‘draft’ that focuses primarily on the upkeep and maintenance of the machines to be sufficient evidence that the machines are safe. The draft has not yet been released, though Pistole assures the American people that it is very conclusive and reassuring. In fact, Pistole actually states that it is his ‘belief’ that the scanners are safe during a Senate hearing that was to be centered around hard evidence regading X-ray scanner safety.

“My strong belief is those types of machines are still completely safe,” Pistole said. “If the determination is that this IG study is not sufficient, then I will look at still yet another additional study.”

Of course there is hard evidence that the machines are posing a risk to the health of citizens, just as the European Union has stated.

The scanners admittedly use ionizing radiation, which is known to cause DNA damage as well as cancer. The 1998 estimate of 100 cancer cases per year as a result of the body scanners is most likely far below the real numbers, considering that the radiation level of the machines was oftentimes found to be “10 times more” than expected.

It is quite outlandish how the TSA still expects citizens to blindly accept their lack of evidence on the supposed safety of the machines in place of the real evidence highlighting the powerful dangers.

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  • Anonymous

    Great article. This is exactly what we need to sue and remove the TSA from government.

    It's OBVIOUS these scanners are causing cancer.

  • Terrence Aym

    The machines emit terahertz waves, not X-rays.

    Inside TSA scanners: How terahertz waves tear apart human DNA

    The deadly health effects of TSA full body scanners

  • anonymous

    The naked body scanner is called a Chertoff the Jerkoff Machine.

  • Fred

    Europe HAS NOT banned scanners! Can't you read?

    From the press release -

    "This legislation allows airports and Member States that wish to use security scanners for the screening of passengers to do so under strict operational and technical conditions.

    Member States and airports do not have an obligation to deploy security scanners, but if they decide to use them, they will have to comply with the operational conditions and performance standards set at European level.

    Security scanners are not a panacea but they do offer a real possibility to reinforce passenger security. Security scanners are a valuable alternative to existing screening methods and are very efficient in detecting both metallic and non-metallic objects. It is still for each Member State or airport to decide whether or not to deploy security scanners…"

    • Dave

      Hey Dumb Ass,

      They have banded scanners that are using harmful x-rays! Can't you read? You probably believe the US is a free country! What a retard.

    • Dave

      Hey Dumb Ass,

      They have banded scanners that are using harmful x-rays! You probably believe the US is a free country! What a retard.

    • Anonymous

      Yes they did.

    • Diamond Rider

      Try actually reading next time:

      In order not to risk jeopardising citizens' health and safety, only security scanners which do not use X-ray technology are added to the list of authorised methods for passenger screening at EU airports. All other technologies, such as that used for mobiles phones and others, can be used provided that they comply with EU security standards.

  • Simple Math

    The great thing to remember here, is this simple equation:

    X = Number of US scanners (times)

    Y = Number of TSA Agents using scanners


    Z = TSA cancer victims, guaranteed because of

    constant exposure!

    So, the job health risk here astronomical for the people that, and I quote here, "Just doing my job sir."

    Glad to see that their "JOB" is to look for non-existent, fictitious enemies found only in comic books and wild imaginations.

    If Corporate America wasn't screwing the World for profit, we citizens would be more free within OUR country, and more RESPECTED in other countries!

    Get real!

    • babette

      Very well said! I entirely agree with you on every point, especially the TSA thugs and cancer bit. Hope springs eternal…