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TSA Retesting Full-Body Scanners Amid Radiation Concerns
March 16, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration is checking out full-body scanners amid concerns some of them are emitting radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.
There was not much concern expressed by some air travelers at Jacksonville International Airport who are just learning of the testing that is underway.
"I would rather go through what they need us to go through when I'm getting ready to go on an aircraft. I would rather be safe than sorry," said Debra Pajak, catching a Wednesday flight to Atlanta.
The TSA said higher than expected radiation readings reflect a math mistake in some of the maintenance records. The agency says the the machines are safe.
Spokesman Nicholas Kimball said the TSA will conduct the tests out of "an abundance of caution to re-assure the public."
The TSA plans to finish the testing in 30 days and post the results on its web site.