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Coffee, Tea or Cancer? Almost Half of Americans Oppose X-ray Body Scanners

Backscatter machines scan travelers with low level X-ray beams.

By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

Even if X-ray body scanners would prevent terrorists from smuggling explosives onto planes, nearly half of Americans still oppose using them because they could cause a few people to eventually develop cancer, according to a new Harris Interactive poll conducted online for ProPublica.

Slightly more than a third of Americans supported using the scanners, while almost a fifth were unsure.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to install body scanners, which can detect explosives and other objects hidden under clothing, at nearly every airport security lane in the country by the end of 2014. It’s the biggest change to airport security since metal detectors were introduced more than 35 years ago.

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TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners

The type of image the TSA's backscatter machines produce.

The type of image a TSA backscatter machine produces.

By Michael Grabell, Propublica

(Story ran at ProPublica Nov. 16 and is republished here under Creative Commons license).

The head of the Transportation Security Administration has backed off a public commitment to conduct a new independent study of X-ray body scanners used at airport security lanes around the country. Read more