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TSA dismissed concerns about increased cancer diagnoses from body scanners

• Eric W. Dolan via

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Transportation Security Administration dismissed concerns from its employees about the radiation emitted by body imaging machines at airport security checkpoints.

In an email sent to a TSA official in May 2010, the leader of a Boston-based TSA union said that a growing number of security officers had been diagnosed with cancer. To investigate the matter, she asked for dosimeter devices to monitor how much radiation the security officers were being exposed to.

"[The security officers] would like these dosimeters to be periodically sent out to a non-TSA third party medical facility for data results gathering which could later be periodically released to our workforce," the union's president, AJ Castilla, wrote.

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