Body Scanners
Body Scanners

I’m shocked, shocked the media are still reporting safety concerns around the TSA use of bodyscanners:

U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners

Experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the machine because it violated a longstanding principle in radiation safety — that humans shouldn’t be X-rayed unless there is a medical benefit

Australia is trialling body scanners.  The Australian media seems blissfully unconcerned about any safety issues. The core of our 2010 post stands:

TSA Scanner safety – Fail

TSA has no regular testing system for its pornoscanners: Many experts are skeptical that the TSA’s new backscatter pornoscanner machines are safe, but even the experts who endorse them are careful to bracket their reassurances with certain caveats: the safety of the machines depends heavily on their being properly maintained, regularly tested, and expertly operated. Whether or not you’re comfortable with the intended radiation emissions from the scanners, no one in their right mind would argue that a broken machine that lovingly lingers over your reproductive organs and infuses them with 10,000 or 100,000 times the normal dosage is desirable….

The TSA claims that entities like the FDA, the US Army and Johns Hopkins all regularly inspect their machines, none of these groups agrees, and they all disavow any role in regularly maintaining and testing the TSA’s equipment (the Army has tested machines in three airports, but has not conducted any further testing). And Johns Hopkins denies that it has certified the machines as safe for operation in the first place — let alone taking on any ongoing testing and certification program.

Read the whole thing.

Of course the Australian government would never do anything to hurt someone. Government “incompetence“, what’s that? Poor maintenance, not here.