TSA to look into health effects of airport scanners

December 18, 2012 7:26:59 PM PST
It appears the Transportation Security Administration is finally ready to look into the health effects of radiation from imaging machines used at airports.

Maine Senator Susan Collins says the TSA will contract with the National Academy of Sciences to study the health effects from the so-called "backscatter" machines.

The TSA recently removed 91 of the X-ray machines, including one from SFO, and replaced them with newer millimeter wave machines which scientists believe pose fewer radiation risks.