Cancer concerns mount over TSA body scanners

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  1. Italy98
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    More questions and concerns about use of scanners.
     
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    The scanners photographed in the article seem to be millimeter wave scanners, not backscatter machines.
     
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    From the health aspect, yes, they are different.

    From the people who don't like it from the principle aspect, they are one in the same.
     
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  4. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I don't even attempt to figure out what scanner is what at a given checkpoint. If it ain't a good old fashioned metal detector, I ain't going through it if given the option.
     
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    How can you tell the difference?
     
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    +1 Just opt-in for a nice full body massage before the flight.
     
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  7. Captain Oveur
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    Millimeter wave machines are the large glass enclosures.

    Backscatters are the two blue boxes.
     
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    The picture in the article linked in the OP seems to be a grey enclosure.
     
  9. Captain Oveur
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    Yes, that's the millimeter wave machine, not Backscatter (contrary to what the picture caption says).
     
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    Gotcha, thanks.
     
  11. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Thanks.

    These pages have pictures (and lots of details):

    Backscatter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backscatter_X-ray
    Millimeter Wave: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millimeter_wave_scanner

    Now my statement above (I don't even attempt to figure out what scanner is what at a given checkpoint) no longer holds true. Still, I am continuing to opt for the massage ;)
     
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    Likewise. So far every airport screening point I've used which has nudeoscopes has had at least one WTMD lane open, although in some cases this required a switch to a different screening point (connected airside).
     

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