Idiots in Blue Shirts

Remember when I told you to Opt Out?  When I said,

We still don’t know what the long term effects are, and if you believe that the emitted amounts published by the manufacturer are even accurate when they leave the factory, much less after they’ve been in the hands of the TSA for a while and under their maintenance, you are a fool.

Yeah, well, now the word is out.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.

Wow, if only there was some way that we could have expected something like that!  Like if there were some sort of sages who could predict that government employees shouldn’t be trusted to handle radioactive medical equipment!

Then again, we should give them a break.  I mean, it’s not like they’ve had other problems with the x-rays they were shooting at our luggage instead of our genitals, right?

In the past, the TSA has failed to properly monitor and ensure the safety of X-ray devices used on luggage. A 2008 report by the worker safety arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the TSA and its maintenance contractors had failed to detect when baggage X-ray machines emitted radiation beyond what regulations allowed. They also failed to take action when some machines had missing or disabled safety features, the report shows.

Chaffetz said the TSA’s characterization of the maintenance mistakes “sounds like an excuse rather than the real facts.”

“I’m tired of excuses,” Chaffetz said. “The public has a right and deserves to know. It begs the question, ‘What are they still not sharing with us?’ These are things you cannot make mistakes with.” Chaffetz said he expects to address some of his concerns during a hearing Wednesday.

Oh.  Right.  Well, gotta break a few huevos, right?


  1. […] TSA body scanners/pervert machines emit 10 times more radiation than initially thought. […]

  2. Nylarthotep says:

    Ten times higher than expected, and they won’t tell us what is to be expected. Sounds to me like opting out is the only safe thing to do. No doubt no one in TSA who has failed to do proper maintenance or use will be held liable. And they’re going to be allowed to unionize, which will make everything so much better.

  3. Phelps says:

    Not entirely. They said that the exposure was supposed to be about .05 mrems.