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Help me understand the outrage

If you go back and read my first post, you will see that I’m currently employed as an airport screener in Kansas City, Mo., to set the stage for this post.

I realize the lack of support that the back scatter (x-ray radiation producing) full-body scanners had and why. What I am failing to see is the disdain and opting for a pat down in lieu of the millimeter wave scanners.

Seriously? What’s the big freaking deal?

Answers: They haven’t been tested for safety.

My response: Neither were cellphones, wifi home network routers, radios (car/home), cell towers, radio towers, etc.

The point being is that the millimeter wave uses radio waves bouncing off of your body–which coincidentally are constantly bouncing off your body–to search for threats. No image is created and the machine doesn’t use ionizing radiation, so what’s the fuss about? Please let me know.

If you’re concerned that the machine still uses radiation, then you would be correct–it uses radio waves, which are found within the electromagnetic spectrum. This is a non-ionizing form of radiation, which is around you all the time. You can’t escape it.

I hear people scream about the cummulative effects of radiation all the time. Do they even know what that means? Ionizing radiation has enough kinetic energy to affect organisms at the cellular level, which is why they are harmful. This means that it can cause biological mutations. That is not the case with non-ionizing because the wave pattern is such that it is incapable of penetrating the skin.

This isn’t propaganda being force fed to me by the federal government, it is merely an assessment based on biology classes and discussions with professors regarding the technology.

So tell me. What’s the big deal?



About Todd Fuller

After a really long search, I found work that I feel is more relevant to my degree--technical writing. While it's not what I initially envisioned doing, it's actually been very enjoyable and rewarding work. I guess I feel like there is still more out there to do, so I've decided I will try the whole blogging thing again and resurrect this site. If anyone's still out there, enjoy and feel free to comment.


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