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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed remove the airport
body scanners that produce a naked image of travelers because of privacy concerns.
They will still be using the machines that use x-rays with dangerous radiation
backscatter. These machines emit low levels of ionizing radiation with levels that
could be 10 to 20 times higher than the manufacturer’s calculations. There have
been inconsistencies in how the machines are calibrated to ensure radiation
safety, which means that up to 100 US passengers could get cancer from
them every year.
TSA also has a contract with makers of scanners that use millimeter waves,
a technology that is thought to be safer—and which also creates a less explicit
image of the passenger. Please tell Congress that the time to get rid of
all the backscatter machines is now,
when some of the machines are being taken out of airports. Remind them that
privacy is not the only concern—our health matters even more—and tell them TSA
needs to use millimeter wave scanners exclusively.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]