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Airport Body Scanners Linked to Cancer

November 30, 2011

A Florida commuter group recommended this week that commuters who fly several times a week should avoid airport body scanners, which were linked to cancer in a recent report.

Body scanning machines were banned in all European airports earlier this month in the wake of studies which linked airport body scanners to several cases of cancer.

The body scanners, now in widespread use in the U.S., emit low levels of radiation in order to detect any dangerous items passengers may be trying to conceal.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has refused to comment on the European ban of the scanners.

The European Commission announced the ban on November 14, after the airing of PBS Newshour report which revealed that between six and 100 airline passengers get cancer each year in the U.S. as a result of the body scanners.

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