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Monday, September 12, 2011

Janet Napolitano’s promise that travelers will soon not be required to take their shoes off at airport security checkpoints comes at a cost – new MRI-style scanners that will zap Americans with a powerful magnetic field that has been linked with numerous health risks. “Safran Morpho, a firm that was formerly a part of General Electric’s Security division, said that their model could be mass produced in a matter of months and that a prototype was ready.” MRI scans can be dangerous and even fatal for individuals who have implants in their body which contain metal. People with implants in their body should not use MRI-style scanners, because the magnetism generated by such technology can cause implants to move, causing physical damage to the body. If the device helps perform a bodily function, the scan can also cause it to malfunction. This is particularly dangerous to anyone who has a knee or hip replacement, because the scan can damage and weaken surrounding tissues. The scan also causes metal objects to heat up, risking burns. This heating process can also be fatal for the babies of pregnant women. The TSA’s record on properly evaluating the health risks posed by scanning technology does not bode well for the safe introduction of MRI-style scans, which are great for helping to diagnose medical problems in carefully regulated hospital environments, but have no place in airports being operated by minimum wage TSA goons.


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