Time for a rational perspective on airport scanners

The TSA has been promoting further deployment of millimeter-wave (MMW) scanners at even the smallest airports, claiming that these will speed the painfully slow screening lines at airports. Unfortunately, these claims resemble deceptive public service announcements and fail to acknowledge some facts.

All of the scanners deployed new in the past year have been of the MMW variety, while the TSA continues to say that the backscatter (x-ray scanners) still in service are safe. This raises the obvious question: if the x-ray scanners are safe, why has the TSA stopped installing them? Continue reading “Time for a rational perspective on airport scanners”