Airline passengers are statistically just as likely to be killed by full naked body scanners as a terrorist bomb, according to leading United States scientists.
The X-ray machines, which have already been introduced at major airports around the world, have started to raise fears that the increase exposure to harmful radiation may cause cancer.
A leading scientist has come forward, warning the public that he believes body scanners are ‘just as likely to kill you as terrorist bombs.’
According to the Daily Mail, the warning comes from a statistical coincidence demonstrating it is just as likely you will die from radiation allegedly emitted by the scanners.
Peter Rez from Arizona State University said the probability from dying from either source is about one in 30 million.
“The thing that worries me the most, is not what happens if the machine works as advertised, but what happens if it doesn’t,” he said to the Daily Mail, warming that a potential malfunction could increase the radiation dose.
Rez has extensively studied the radiation doses given off by backscatter scanners using images produced by the machines. In his studies, he discovered the radiation dosage to be much higher than the manufacturers claimed.
The scientist also suggests the statistical coincidence shows there is no reason to deploy any type of body scanning technology at airports; according to him, with or without the machines the risk is identical.
Critics of the body scanners say the machines deliver a small dose of radiation to the body because the beam concentrates directly on the skin, one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the human body.
Several other scientists have already petitioned the Food and Drug Administration, complaining the safety aspects of the body scanners had not been properly addressed before they were installed in airports nationwide.