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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Math fail: Airport scanners giving off radiation ten times higher than reported

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15:  Transportation Sec...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is going to re-test the controversial full body scanners at hundreds of airport after it admitted that radiation levels were actually ten times higher than initially reported. The problem – the agency is calling it a "calculation error". he TSA claims that the error came about when technicians -- who typically test the radiation output of a machine 10 times in a row -- forgot to divide the total output by 10. Oops.

"This technology is safe," said Robin Kane, a TSA assistant administrator for technology. Kane emphasized that the machines are necessary to protect the public from terrorists and that they have been thoroughly tested by independent experts.

The Cry Baby remains skeptical and wonders if these devices actually do contribute to public safety or just make air travel even more invasive and difficult.

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