18 Nov '11, 5am

Amid cancer fears, the European Union bans full body scanners from all of its airports

The European Union has banned the use of X-ray body scanners in all of its airports over fears that it may cause cancer in the long term. This ban applies to all of the EU’s 27 member nations, “in order not to risk jeopardising citizens’ health and safety”, according to a statement released by the European Commission. A ProPublica/PBS NewsHour investigation released earlier this month has revealed that the X-ray body scanners use ionising radiation, releasing a form of energy that has been shown to damage DNA and cause cancer. While the amount of radiation is extremely low, several studies have shown that a small number of cancer cases will result from scanning millions of passengers each year. In light of this new study result, the EU will instead use millimetre-wave scanners which emit low-energy radio waves for security checks. These scanners pose a lower risk as there ...

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