You’ve seen The Hills Have Eyes, right? If not, there’s that whole thing about radiation exposure turning people into deformed mutants. Worst-case scenario, but I can’t help thinking about the horror flick ever since it was reported that airport full-body scanners cause cancer. While the FDA says health risks from airport scanners are “minuscule,” a group of doctors and professors disagree. Apparently the scanners used at airport security checkpoints may expose the skin of passengers to excessive doses of radiation, which could increase the risk of cancer and other health problems.
The drama really couldn’t get any better, according to Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University of School of medicine. Love says, “They say the risk is minimal, but statically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays.”
Passengers can opt out, but will then be subject to a pretty thorough “slide-down” body search. In other words, you can either increase your chances of a health problem with low-dose radiation exposure or risk psychological trauma inflicted by a frisky agent.