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Old 10-29-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Finally good news: TSA pulls use of controversial full body scanners at JFK, LaGuardia airports. The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the backscatter machines are going away from Chicago's O'Hare Airport as well. The dangerous machines were already removed from Boston's busy Logan International Airport earlier this month.
TSA Pulls Use Of Controversial Full Body Scanners At JFK, LaGuardia Airports CBS New York

The TSA said that the machines were causing unacceptable delays at the two NYC airports and that removing them is an effort to speed up the lines.
Really? Since when has the TSA given a damn about customer service?
TSA said: "We are replacing some of the older equipment and taking them to smaller airports". Hahaha... what a joke! The backscatter machines, which were installed in 2009, are supposed to be state-of-the-art.

BTW: the Germans don't give a rats about all the paranoid security measures. I walked through a metal detector with my shoes, belt, keys, and watch on. Regular scan for the carry-in luggage ( no one really paid any attention to it), and I have no idea what they did to the check-in luggage, because I never saw it scanned. When I walked out the plane in Berlin, they stamped my passport and I proceed to the baggage conveyor. Then I walked out the airport...

Same with the check in for return flight to NY.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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They have replaced the backscatter with the MUCH safer millimeter wave in much of MCO. I wonder if a handful of TSA agents came down with thyroid cancer...
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Millions of body scans, on only a few intercepted grandmothers... TSA...
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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They aren't replacing them, as just moving them to smaller airports.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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^^^ Oh, that's just a first step to remove them without agreeing that they were not a welcomed choice. They have simply been moved to other, less busy, airports where, presumably far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation ...
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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Finally good news: TSA pulls use of controversial full body scanners at JFK, LaGuardia airports. The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the backscatter machines are going away from Chicago's O'Hare Airport as well. The dangerous machines were already removed from Boston's busy Logan International Airport earlier this month.
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I think it is a shame. That means that those of us with medical devices have to go back to the full body pat downs.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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> The dangerous machines were already removed

Umm, can you provide a reliable source for saying that they are dangerous?
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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The scanners never bothered me. Not many people want to look at my body these days, so I've appeciated the attention.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:20 PM
 
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Lots of people think that all the extra x-rays are dangerous for their health. If they're so safe, why doesn't the TSA allow some independent, non-affiliated third party test the safety of the backscatter x-ray machines? And post it publicly?
Other airports use millimeter wave scanners, which look like glass telephone booths and do not use ionizing radiation, or metal detectors....
We already talked about in many threads.
Here are some opinions: Not sure how reliable they are in your eyes, since the tests were not made by the government...
Marquette University study shows radiation from airport scanners extends into organs - Milwaukee - The Business Journal
It is against the law in several European countries to X-ray people without a medical reason.
In order not to risk jeopardising citizens' health and safety, only security scanners which do not use X-ray technology are added to the list of authorised methods for passenger screening at EU airports. All other technologies, such as that used for mobiles phones and others, can be used provided that they comply with EU security standards.
EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Aviation security: Commission adopts new rules on the use of security scanners at European airports
A recent T.S.A. report said that between May 2010 and May 2011, there were 3,778 service calls concerning mechanical problems in backscatter X-ray machines. Radiation safety surveys were conducted after only 2 percent of the calls.
Airport Security Scanners Leave Lingering Worries - NYTimes.com
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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> The dangerous machines were already removed

Umm, can you provide a reliable source for saying that they are dangerous?
Radiation. As someone who is dealing with possible thyroid issues, it's a biggie.
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