A new report from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine finds the x-ray scanners at US airports are safe (even though they're still a little creepy).
|Rapiscan Secure 1000 x-ray scanner, from the report of AAPM Task Group 217|
|Setup for measuring x-rays emitted by airport security scanners.|
From the report of AAPM Task Force 217.
The researchers only checked nine scanners, including six in use at Los Angeles International Airport, and three in the factory. That can't rule out the possibility that some of the thousands of other scanners in use at other airports may be putting out more or less radiation than these, but it certainly eases my mind.
So rest assured - you don't have to opt for the security pat down for your health. Of course you can still refuse the scan just for fun, if that's your thing, or if you'd rather be poked and prodded by a stranger instead of having some other stranger behind a screen staring at your naked x-ray portrait.
Hmm. Maybe I'll just take the train.