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Do Airport Body Scanners Pose a Risk to Travelers?

Do airport scanners pose a risk to travelers?

You’ve been looking forward to this day for months.  You’re at the airport, ready to board a flight that will take you to your rented yacht, to begin your Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation. 

As you pass through the new X-ray full body scanner, should you be concerned about the radiation and what this exposure could mean for you?

Some researchers say yes.

We are very concerned about that being imposed on travelers,” says Dr. Robert Stroud, a  professor of biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  In a letter sent to the White House, Stroud and his researchers shared their concerns.  “I don’t think we do know what risk we are taking. X-rays are intrinsically ionizing radiation. They damage human tissue,” says Stroud.

For many months, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the federal government have been assuring the public that passing through the body scanner is safe. A TSA spokesperson even stated, “We consider it a miniscule amount of radiation.”
But the scientists at UCSF aren’t so sure and believe it’s time for outside scientists to take a closer look.

I do think it is time for an independent investigation that really allows people to understand what the risk is that they take going through the scanner,” says Stroud.

Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, reminds her clients that they do have an option.  "If you have a concern about the exposure to x-rays coming from the body scanner, simply opt for the pat down," says Sheeder.  "When your on your way to enjoy a luxury sailing charter in the islands, the last thing you need is more travel-related stress!"


Do you believe x-ray scanners pose a risk to you when you travel?  Please share your comments with us HERE.

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