Senators’ Bill Calls for Independent Study of Airport Scanners
A group of five Republican and Democratic senators on the homeland security committee introduced a bill today that would require an independent health study of the X-ray body scanners used in airports nationwide.
In addition to mandating a health study, the bill would also require the TSA to place larger signs in front of security lines advising airline passengers about the radiation and the option to have a physical pat-down instead.
"An independent study is needed to protect the public and to determine which technology is worthy of taxpayer dollars," said Sen. Susan Collins, the top Republican on the homeland security committee. "Surely passengers should be well informed of their screening options."
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The Transportation Security Administration is planning to roll out body scanners at nearly every airport security lane in the country by 2014. Right now, it has deployed more than 500, split about evenly between two technologies—one using X-rays and another using radio frequency waves.
Several prominent radiation safety experts have raised concerns about exposing millions of airline passengers to X-rays.