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News2011May › Secrecy surrounds safety trials on full-body airport scanners › May 2011

Secrecy surrounds safety trials on full-body airport scanners

The new full-body scanners at airports are as safe as eating a banana, says the manufacturer - and yet US authorities refuse to publish the full safety trials, or even reveal who the trial's scientists were

The new full-body scanners at airports are as safe as eating a banana, says the manufacturer - and yet US authorities refuse to publish the full safety trials, or even reveal who the trial's scientists were.
A group of scientists from the university of California is calling on the US government to 'come clean' and reveal the full safety trials. The lead author, John Sedat, a professor emeritus in biochemistry and biophysics, says: "There's no real data on these machines, and in fact, the best guess dose is much, much higher than certainly what the public thinks."
In their letter, the professors point out that:
o only a replica of the scanner has ever been tested
o the results of the safety trials have been so heavily edited that it is impossible to replicate them, and
o the names of the trial researchers have been excluded.
(Source: http://www.propublica.org/article/scientists-cast-doubt-on-tsa-tests-of-full-body-scanners)

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