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  •  It says something that these machines (8+ / 0-)

    are not used in Europe-- neither x-ray nor millimeter wave.


    My work (hands-on R&D) for the past 40 years has involved radiation safety at many levels, from the use of radiochemicals (C14, H3, I125 etc) to exposure to X-rays and radiofrequency.  The interaction of radiofrequency with the human brain has been an ongoing research topic for me.  (BTW, I don't worry about my cell phone, though I do use an ear-piece.)

    All this to say that my concerns are reality based.

    Just sign me

    Elmer Ph(u)d  

    The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.

    by magnetics on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:29:03 PM PST

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    •  The Amsterdam airport has backscatters (0+ / 0-)

      or at least, in the summer of 2010, when we had to change planes there, they did.

      On top of which, it is the most laborious airport in the Universe to get through with endless security lines for every little thing.

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      by mahakali overdrive on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 05:54:47 PM PST

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    •  DHS never put these machines through the (0+ / 0-)

      rigorous testing that USDA demands of medical devices.  I only go through the metal detector and I demand pat-downs for both myself and my kids.

      Luckily, last time we traveled, this was not an issue.

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