TSA Body Scanners Giving 10x Dose

It came out today that some of their full body scanners are putting out 10 times the expected radiation levels.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.

As always the agency immediately went into damage control mode claiming that it is still less than what a person receives in background radiation during a normal day.  The fact is this is not surprising at all considering the complete disregard for common safety measures taken when dealing with equipment that use radioactive material.  The spike caused by the malfunctioning equipment would have been immediately seen on the dosimeter worn by employees working around the equipment.  That’s one of the main reason dosimeters are worn by employees.   This is willful negligence on the part of the TSA and DHS.

This coupled with the fact that the DHS also claims the right to:

really illustrates an out of control agency that serves no other purpose than to abuse and kill Americans, albeit slowly by increasing cancer risks.  A Security Theater has done nothing to improve safety, in fact they are now showing that they are doing the complete opposite.  If any private organization had been this negligent OSHA would be all over them until they declared bankruptcy. 

This agency needs to be put down like a rabid dog and it’s behavior and rate of growth reminds me of some other agencies in the early 1990s.  The only difference  is they haven’t shot a woman holding a baby or burned a bunch of people to death.  Instead they are giving people extra unnecessary dose of radiation at the point of the gun, claiming necessity, but in reality it’s pointless.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.
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5 Responses to TSA Body Scanners Giving 10x Dose

  1. Linoge says:

    As a brief reminder to those who are unfamiliar with the finer mechanisms involved, there is no such thing as a “good” dose of ionizing radiation – to be certain, we are exposed to it on a daily basis just by stepping outside, or, worse, flying on a plane, but the simple truth is that even the slightest dose, if you roll the dice right, can result in cancer or other psysiological problems. The chances are, obviously, quite slim, but still present.

    Just goes to show where we and our health lie on the TSA’s priority scale…

    • Barron Barnett says:

      That’s a fact that most forget and I consider very basic. The way I normally put it Ionizing Radiation == BAD. It can be use to treat cancer, but the bottom line it is bad for the body. Hence the bad.

      I’m lucky I mainly work with non-ionizing radiation now, but I do know quite well about ionizing, and how dangerous it is. People also don’t realize that often your exposure in a nuke plant is lower than average exposure elsewhere. Just as the shielding helps keep the bad stuff in the reactor area, it also keeps the ambient stuff out.

      I don’t ever subject myself to excess unnatural exposure unless I really need it. Broken bones, pulmonary embolism, something that needs a medical diagnosis for my immediate health is required. The TSA provides no benefit what-so-ever and now they’re giving serious extra doses to passengers.

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  3. guest says:

    People need to leave the TSA alone! They are doing their job! It requires a whole lot more training than people think! My family would know! My grandpa happens to be a TSA and the shit people are saying is nothing but that! SHIT! They also don’t touch your junk! If they do then you got a bad one! Stop making the TSA think that they’re not doing their job and just want to feel you! You want the TSA to stop working? You want to die because of a plane crash caused by someone bringing stuff they shouldn’t on a plane? See the relationship between the two. Stop saying this shit!

    • My odds of being struck by lighting are better than dying in a plane crash.  You grandpa is nothing but a jack booted thug who believes in molesting law abiding citizens.  Sorry but show me one instance where the TSA has actually stopped a terrorist attack.

      I keep seeing people tout how great the TSA is, yet if you look at the rest of the world, no one is doing nearly the abusive procedures to screen their passengers.

      Look, you need to learn this and you need to understand this, if someone want’s to get something aboard a plane, they will.  TSA is A Security Theater.  When they wave people through in front of others even with alarms going off.  But the white Caucasian male wearing a 4th amendment t-shirt gets screened and molested.  You know what’s really going on.

      You’re grandpa works for the TSA, you see what he thinks of the freedoms and liberties he had growing up that he is now destroying.  To put the icing on the cake, you’re supporting him driving you into serfdom.