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Concerns raised by cancer researchers, Congress and others over full-body scanners used at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and dozens of other airports have prompted the head of the Transportation Security Administration to order that the so-called X-ray backscatter machines undergo further testing to address a “perception” they are unsafe.

Newark Liberty and Philadelphia International airports are equipped with millimeter wave scanners, which use radio waves, not X-rays, to peer through passengers’ clothes, and have not been linked to health risks.

TSA Administrator John Pistole told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this week that his agency would conduct its own study of the X-ray scanners, even though the machines have been through independent testing and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Source: Steve Strunsky for The Star-Ledger.

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