Naked body scanners

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 04/03/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )




Are you in favor? Against? Or Indifferent?

Medical doctors speak out about why they avoid naked body scanners at airports


For those still contemplating whether or not the radiation emitted from airport naked body scanners is serious enough to avoid, you may be interested to know that many doctors routinely "opt out" and choose the full-body pat down instead because they recognize the inherent dangers associated with any level of radiation exposure. A recent CNN piece explains that for many doctors, avoiding all sources of radiation whenever possible is just the smart thing to do.

Throughout the past year, NaturalNews has covered many stories related to the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) controversial naked body scanners, which are now installed and in use at nearly 80 US airports ( Besides representing an unconstitutional invasion of privacy (, the scanners blast passengers with full-body doses of health-destroying radiation (

So what do medical doctors who fly have to say about the machines? Well, according to CNN's Elizabeth Cohen who recently conducted her own small investigation, many are concerned about the radiation these scanners emit. In fact, Cohen quotes several doctors who express concern about the cumulative effects of repeated radiation exposure, even if such exposure is supposedly miniscule and below established thresholds for causing harm.

"I do whatever I can to avoid the scanner. This is a total body scan -- not a dental or chest X-ray," said Dr. Len Lichtenfield to Cohen in an email. "Total body radiation is not something I find very comforting based on my medical knowledge."

Another doctor explained that there is "no absolutely safe dose of radiation," and that "each exposure is additive." So even if the supposedly low radiation doses emitted from the naked body scanners are as low as TSA and the machines' manufacturers claim they are, habitual exposure will still cause bodily harm.

Even Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS) expressed concern about whether the safety of them machines, and whether or not TSA is properly maintaining and testing them for safety. After all, TSA refused to release safety reports for quite some time, and when they did, the bungled reports explained nothing more than TSA's high level of incompetence (

Back in December, radiation scientists admitted that naked body scanners are fully capable of causing both sperm mutations and cancer, despite insistence by authorities to the contrary ( Other reports suggest that nobody really knows how much radiation is actually emitted from naked body scanners due to flawed and inconclusive safety tests (


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Look if they had of had them before 9/11.. they could of been caught..if they were searching us all in the if they can catch scum like that, or drug smugglers i am all for it.I say search us all, makes for safe flying.Thats got to be a good thing.

Becky - posted on 04/04/2011




I would try to avoid them, especially if I were pregnant or breastfeeding. I haven't flown since my honeymoon 4 years ago, so I don't know if our airport here has them or not. But we won't fly to the US with our kids until they are quite a bit older because of all the new regulations there. I don't want them exposed to unecessary radiation or groped down by some pedophile TSA agent. So we drive. It's cheaper anyway!

Emily - posted on 04/04/2011




I don't like it. Besides the questionable levels of radiation (the TSA now admits that some scanners are putting out many times more radiation than they thought) and the "being seen naked" thing... there's that pesky unconstitutional search and seizure thing. Buying an airline ticket does not equate probable cause or reasonable suspicion. They're just searching EVERYONE. That is against the U.S. constitution.

Of course, being illegal has yet to stop the government from doing anything it felt like to control the people. :P

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I'll take the pat down if the guy's good looking. ;) Might be the only action I get these days.

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Omg, i better be wearing my matching pieces next time i i feel.

Although not as bad as being felt up by someone to see if your carrying stuff on you.I see that a lot on airport shows.Thank god i never had to have this done.When i travelled.I would even more uncomfortable with this procedure.

Amber - posted on 04/04/2011




I always fly out of Chicago, and I opt for a pat down. My SO is finishing med school right now and is already an NP; he opts for a pat down also.

Having the technology to do something doesn't mean that we should or that it is a good idea. There is a reason why patients are covered with a lead vest and technicians leave the room during x-rays. No level of radiation exposure is good for you.

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I don`t want any stranger to see me naked.....and i dont like going through scanners because i like my cells free from mutation

Tracey - posted on 04/04/2011




If exposure is "supposedly miniscule and below established thresholds for causing harm." it wouldn't bother me if I only flew a couple of times a year, however if I flew weekly then I would be more concerned and possibly opt for the body pat down.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/03/2011




I would take the groping...errr...pat down if I had to choose. It's never come up where I live. But we do have one of these scanners. Makes me laugh because what terrorist has ever heard of Prince George, BC? Really? I doubt it ever gets used.

I don't think the scanners would be that bad for a person flying infrequently, but I avoid radiation whenever I can just because seems like the right way to go just in case.

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