Full-Body Scanners at DFW and Love Field Are Safe: Homeland Security

New report says scanners that use X-rays use "an extremely low dose" of radiation

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    A Transportation Security Administration security officer looks at images created by a "backscatter" scanner during a demonstration at the TSA's Systems Integration Facility at Ronald Reagan National Airport December 30, 2009.

    The older generation full-body scanners, like those at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field, are safe even for the most frequent flyers according to the Department of Homeland Security.

    A new 32-page report released by the department's inspector general shows someone would have to go through the full-body scanner 17,000 times a year to surpass the accepted limit of radiation. That would be like being screened 47 times a day, every day of the year.

    The inspector general said the Transportation Safety Administration checks the backscatter X-ray machines regularly to make sure they're not emitting more radiation than is necessary, but the report recommends, and the TSA agrees, machine operators need more training.

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    247 backscatter scanners have been installed at 39 airports, including DFW Airport and Love Field, since March 2010.