Full body scanners at airports have been hot topics, since their rapid induction, after a 2009 bombing attempt on a flight inbound to Detroit from Amsterdam. Not only are passengers concerned about the revealing body images, but the radiation exposure caused by the machines has been attracting controversy. TSA, the Transportation Security Administration, part of The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has released reports revealing the radiation findings related to full body scanners.
According to the TSA report, the full body scanners are not able to generate more than 0.005 millirem per scan. This means that the levels of radiation are completely within normal limits, when compared to a chest X-ray, which exposes people to 10 millirem of radiation. The recommended maximum exposure to radiation from man-made sources is 100 millirem per year, according to TSA reports.
With radiation scares at a high lately, after the Japanese nuclear reactor catastrophes, the hope is that this report will put passengers at ease. The full TSA report can be found here.