Aug 29, 2012
As the busy end-of-summer travel period is getting underway, a New York congressman says the airport security scanners that millions of travelers are going through have health risks.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) is calling on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to investigate risks from Backscatter X-ray machines.
Rep. Israel was planning a Tuesday morning news conference to warn of potential health risks when entering full-body Backscatter X-ray scanners at airport security.
He claims the risk is especially high for young children and pregnant women.
Backscatter X-ray machines detect radiation that reflects from a subject instead of traditional machines that transmit through the target.