TSA employees fear that body scanners are causing cancer

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center released documents claiming that full-body airport scanners caused "cancer clusters" among TSA workers who operated the machines in Atlanta and Boston.

According to the documents, emails sent to the Department of Homeland Security claimed that Transportation Security Administration employees at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were "falling victim to various forms of cancer, strokes and heart disease," and that workers were "concerned about radiation levels [they were] being exposed to on a daily basis."

Similarly, supervisors at Boston Logan International Airport in emails to DHS claimed that a "growing number of transportation security officers have thus far been diagnosed with cancer."

EPIC obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act Request resulting from its ongoing lawsuit on the legality of such scanners.

The organization claimed that TSA "failed to issue employees dosimeters — safety devices that would warn of radiation exposure" and that DHS "publicly mischaracterized" the safety of the body scanners.

This report initially appeared in sister publication Business Travel News.

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