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TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

by Michael Grabell
Oct. 19, 2012, 10:37 a.m.

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports. It means, though, that far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation because the X-ray scanners are being moved to smaller airports.

The backscatters, as the X-ray scanners are known, were swapped out at Boston Logan International Airport in early October. Similar replacements have occurred at Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Orlando and John F. Kennedy in New York, the TSA confirmed Thursday.

Read more: http://www.propublica.org/article/tsa-removes-x-ray-body-sca...

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EU got rid of them like a month ago and Israel NEVER TOOK em

EU voted to get rid of them like a month ago and Israel NEVER TOOK THEM because THEY DON'T WORK. The body shows up as white on a black background. A gun shows up as black. Soooooo....if you have gun cleverly concealed within loose clothing, your naked white figure shows up and the black gun is floating around over a black background. Nice. Of course all these installations of the backscatters were on a TRIAL basis. Who knew???

We automatically know that whatever

the feds say is a lie, so I wonder what the real reason is.

So they are moving some from

So they are moving some from larger airports, to smaller airports. This makes the TSA look like an even bigger joke.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.