As I mentioned in my blog post I am a radiation protection professional. I will tell you that any radiation exposure, no matter how slight, can increase your risks of health problems. Is it likely? No. But over time the use of the backscatter machines will result in some additional cancers and deaths among the flying public. It may be an additional 1 per million, or it could be 10 per million. I don't know and it will take years before any meaningful data can be accrued. There is much to take seriously from the arguments from experts regarding the localized skin exposure. There are also questions about machine malfunctions which could cause excessive radiation dose rates.
All that said, as a radiation protection professional I will endure using the machine over being given a hernia exam. I understand the risks. I will also say that I am much more concerned about kids and those otherwise more sensitive to radiation using the machines - and let's be honest, the current protocol is meant to drive people to use the machines.
You want to drop your drawers and bend over for "SECURITY THEATRE", be my guest.
You must be one of the people buying into thinking this will keep you safe. :-D
Nope.. I'm just one that is willing to be part a discussion, not a regurgitating cliche.
I'm willing to go back to the days of non-existent security checks at airports. Secure the doosr to the cockpits, so the airplanes can't be used as bombs, and then those people lost in attacks on the airplanes are just losing their lives to protect the individual freedoms of the rest of us, and will be honored with plaques later, placed somewhere near their remains.
Won`t it be a shame when it comes out that this is all just a ploy to unionize the TSA, at your groins expense.
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Those who are willing to dismiss the concerns of many of us need to remember that history is littered with examples of a compliant populace saying "oh you're crazy, the government will never go that far" - and then they did.
In nuclear power we have a phrase - "it all depends on where you set your zero" - meaning where you establish the range for your tolerance level. Remember that.
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