If you did not already have enough reasons to “opt out” of the Transportation “Security” Administration’s blatantly privacy-invading full-body scaners, here is an even better one: they can, and statistically will, cause cancer.
U.S. scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners that are being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe.
They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays, Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine, told AFP.
Sure, eventually everything can kill you, and eventually something will, but no flight is worth walking though an x-ray machine without the appropriate lead overgarment in place… and, while these would be all too amusing, they provide no radiation protection.
Next week may be the last time we go out to visit my parents for a while (the tickets were purchased before this most-recent bout of mindnumbing idiocy), especially given that it would take three days on the train…
(Courtesy of Traction Control.)