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UPDATE: Has TSA glossed over radiation dangers of screening? ProPublica investigation raises troubling questions

UPDATED: The independent journalism Web site ProPublica has produced a long and thorough story examining how the Transportation Security Administration has glossed over the dangers of radiation emitted by one of its primary airport screening devices. In the past, experts advised against using the devices in settings like airports, but the zeal for finding new screening methods for detecting explosives hidden on the body has apparently trumped those concerns. Here is the ProPublica story, and sorry for a bad link previously.

UPDATE: Has TSA glossed over radiation dangers of screening? ProPublica investigation raises troubling questions

UPDATED: The independent journalism Web site ProPublica has produced a long and thorough story examining how the Transportation Security Administration has glossed over the dangers of radiation emitted by one of its primary airport screening devices. In the past, experts advised against using the devices in settings like airports, but the zeal for finding new screening methods for detecting explosives hidden on the body has apparently trumped those concerns. Here is the ProPublica story, and sorry for a bad link previously. 

UPDATE:  Here is a followup story: TSA Administrator John Pistole told Congress the agency would study the dangers of X-ray scanners again.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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