I just got home from Los Angeles.
Almost everyone was being scanned by a low-level X-ray machine at LAX. My wife and I refused and got a pat down instead.
I admit I am not a radiation expert, but, there is no reason to assume that these units are safe after repeated scans (radiation is cumulative) for frequent travelers, kids, women (breast exposure), etc.
In fact, I mentioned to the nice guy patting me down that I thought that the scatter from the units could be proven down the road to be particularly dangerous to TSA employees near the unit. He hazarded a comment that many employees were concerned — did not trust the feds’ claim that the units were safe — but they needed the work!
As usual, the folks who OK this stuff themselves have little understanding of the science and are not subject to the same screening or at least frequency of screening.
My advice is to refuse as often as you can to be scanned. Ask to be patted down. Do not get angry at the poor TSA officer just doing his or her job. Do not get snotty with them. Just politely ask for what is your right — a pat down.
In 20 years, if it is shown in retrospect that the scanners have been safe for as many years, you can get X-rayed.
- 7 common ways to get sued by your employees
- Why it might be time to upgrade your toilet
- Arizona teachers are building a better future by using technology in the classroom
- How to make summer reading fun for the whole family
- How to find relief for chronic joint pain
- Can the NBA Lottery save the Suns?
- Skip Urgent Care: 5 ailments you can treat with telemedicine
- Skin Cancer in Arizona: Stats, facts and new immunotherapy drugs making strides
- Distracted walking injuries end up not so funny
- Scary situations: 5 quick tips before you let a contractor in your home
- Four ways telemedicine is changing the health care industry
- 5 mistakes homeowners make in the spring
- Three rivers run through it: Exploring Arizona's waterways
- Smart home basics: things you need to know to get started
- 5 Surprising things causing back pain
- Arizona agriculture is a $17.1B industry
- Timeline: Arizona's roots in brewing history
- 5 reasons to love the D-backs this season
- Tips for taking your home entertainment experience to the backyard
- Tech-related injuries your parents never experienced
- Workers comp: Signs your co-worker could be a fraud
- Who's the real founder of America's pastime?
- Epidemic rising? What you need to know about Alzheimer's in Arizona
- 5 unforgettable Wooden Award winners
- Family and hard work are keys to success of modern dairy farmers
- Genetic testing could hold answers for colon cancer survival
- Cold beers and baseball: A beer lover's guide to Spring Training
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments