The new full-body scanners in place at 60 airports across the country have been causing outrage in recent weeks – and that’s putting it pretty mildly.
From lawsuits being lodged against the Transportation Security Administration due to their “intrusive” pat-down procedures, to passengers getting into scuffles with TSA agents, these new scanners are creating a lot of turmoil. And as the busiest travel days fast approach – with more than 1.6 million Americans expected to flock to airports over the holiday season – there’s no telling how some passengers are going to react. But let’s move past all of that for now and concentrate on the safety of the backscatter X-ray scanners. What we want to know is – are we putting our health at risk every time we walk through one these machines at an airport? And because I’m an OB-GYN, I am also concerned about women who are pregnant. Could these scans affect the health of a fetus?