Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Now, they realize the danger...
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) called on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Tuesday to immediately implement a nationwide program to monitor radiation output at airport security checkpoints.
AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 625,000 workers in the federal government, including Transportation Security Officers.
"AFGE has long advocated for a comprehensive radiation safety program that includes monitoring employees for exposure over time as well as training and education," AFGE National President John Gage said. "In light of recent reports that TSA has ordered re-testing of radiation-emitting equipment due to errors found during an internal review, TSA can no longer rely on the previously-reported test data for employee exposure."
"It is imperative that monitoring of employee exposure be undertaken immediately," he added.
The TSA has held that there are no harmful radiation emissions from X-ray body imaging scanners used at security checkpoints at more than 450 airports across the nation.