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TSA to commission independent study of X-ray body scanners

The Transportation Security Administration will have the National Academy of Sciences study the health effects of X-ray body scanners used in airports.... Read more»

TSA removes X-ray body scanners from major airports

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.... Read more»1

TSA expediting screening at Sky Harbor

Annoying waits in security lines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport won’t be as long for some passengers with the launch of an expedited screening program.... Read more»

TSA reveals passenger complaints... four years later

From intrusive pat-downs to body scans to perceived profiling, the Transportation Security Administration always seems to be the target of complaints. Here's another one: It took the TSA almost four years to tell me what people complained about — in 2008.... Read more»1

Drive-by X-rays: Security screeners expanding radiation use

U.S. law enforcement agencies are exposing people to radiation in more settings and in increasing doses to screen for explosives, weapons and drugs. In addition to the controversial airport body scanners, X-ray devices have proliferated in prisons, on the streets of New York and at our borders.... Read more»

Just how good are the TSA's body scanners?

How effective the machines are at thwarting terrorism is critical for evaluating whether the TSA is making airline passengers more secure or wasting taxpayers' money -- and possibly jeopardizing their safety.... Read more»

Sweating bullets: Body scanners see perspiration as potential weapon

While X-ray body scanners used in airports face concerns about potentially increasing cancer cases, a safer type of scanner has been plagued by another problem: a high rate of false alarms. France and Germany have decided to forgo using the scanners because of false alarms triggered by folds in clothing, buttons and even sweat. ... Read more»

Almost half of Americans oppose body scanners

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.... Read more»

Foreign flight students closely monitored since 9/11

One of Arizona’s most haunting connections to 9/11 is the fact that at least one hijacker received flight training in the state. The federal government has since tightened screening of international flight students, which means flight schools must monitor those students more closely.... Read more»

TSA can't guarantee accuracy of 900,000 airport security badges

More than 10 percent of the TSA’s identification badges have errors that could compromise airport security, a new audit has found. ... Read more»

Scientists cast doubt on TSA tests of full-body scanners

Scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say the evidence made public to support claims that airport body scanners are safe is unreliable.... Read more»1

Flying in Europe? Don't fear a pat-down

“Don’t touch my junk” probably wouldn’t translate well into all 23 official languages of the European Union. But Europeans don’t need a rallying cry to resist what the TSA calls “enhanced pat-downs” and aggrieved travelers are calling “government-approved groping” — it’s not happening in Europe.... Read more»

Race and beyond: Scanning for terrorists fairly and effectively

Federal officials say the best way for them to ferret out hidden bombs on a traveler's person is to get intimate with them at the boarding gates.... Read more»

Comic:

For your traveling inconvenience

President Obama regrets the inconvenience of backscatter scanners and "enhanced pat-downs" at airport security.... Read more»

Comic: Aviation

Backscatter blowback

The TSA agreed Friday to exempt uniformed pilots for U.S. carriers from enhanced pat-downs and full body scans. They're the only ones who are exempt.... Read more»2

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