Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pick your poison...

Scanning the Scanners: A Side-by-Side Comparison

by Lena Groeger

By 2014, the Transportation Security Administration plans to deploy body scanners at almost every airport security lane in America. The TSA uses two types of scanners: the millimeter wave and the X-ray backscatter. In our ongoing investigation, we’ve exposed details about each scanner’s health risks, false alarm rates and effectiveness. But to break it down further, here’s a side-by-side comparison of both types. Passengers can decline either scanner and get a pat-down instead.

Millimeter Wave

X-Ray (Backscatter)

See comparisons here:

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