More Lies? TSA Says It Will Commission Independent Body Scanner Health Study

by Steve Watson,  |  published on December 20, 2012


The TSA has announced that it has agreed to provide a contract to the National Academy of Sciences, for an independent analysis of the potential health effects of the radiation firing full body scanners currently in use throughout the nation’s airports. However, the fine print hints that once again, no new testing will actually take place.

For some time now, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Susan Collins has been pushing the TSA to have independent tests carried out on the Backscatter radiation body scanners.

The TSA has consistently avoided the issue, erroneously claiming multiple times that research has proven the machines safe.

Late yesterday, Collins announced that the TSA “has heeded my call to commission an independent examination into the possible health risks travelers and TSA employees may face during airport screenings.”

“While TSA has told the public that the amount of radiation emitted from these machines is small, passengers and some scientific experts have raised questions about the impact of repeated exposure to this radiation,” Collins noted.

In a statement provided to Politico, a TSA spokesman wrote “Administrator Pistole has made a commitment to conduct the study and TSA is following through on that commitment.”

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