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Most experts believe TSA scanners are safe, but some raise questions

August 7, 2012

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Most experts believe TSA scanners are safe, but some raise questions
Most experts believe that Transportation Security Administration full-body ?backscatter? X-ray scanners expose travelers to very low doses of radiation. Others, however, remain skeptical about the safety of the scanners, particularly with respect to the agents who operate them for hours each day. Meanwhile, the TSA says the scanners are equipped with fail-safe parts and are inspected at least once a year. It is not allowed to disclose many details about the scanners for security reasons. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (8/6)

Security Update

Japanese airports test biometric screening system
Two Japanese airports are testing biometric technology at immigration checkpoints. The technology reads biometric data stored on travelers’ passports and compares it to their fingerprints and photos. Only Japanese nationals are involved in the testing. The system will be evaluated for accuracy after the trial and could become permanent next year. ZDNet (8/7)

Indiana airport improves perimeter fencing, lighting
Indiana’s Fort Wayne International Airport has launched the final phase of two projects aimed at improving safety and security. The airport is replacing perimeter fencing and installing runway guard lights at every airfield intersection. Officials expect to complete the projects, which are funded by the federal government, in December. WISE-TV/WPTA-TV (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (8/6)

Trends & Technology

Business travel gains momentum, travel group says
Business travel is inching back up to prerecession levels, suggesting that the economy is slowly improving, says Michael McCormick, executive director of the Global Business Travel Association. “[W]hat we’ve seen is, there’s an understanding of the importance of putting people out on the road. It sounds very simple, but the day that you lose a customer because your competitor showed up in person and you did a conference call is the last day you don’t send your salespeople on the road,” McCormick said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (8/5)

Policy & Regulatory

LAX operator offers tips, website in advance of freeway closure
The closure of a freeway near Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport in California next month is expected to snarl traffic. The airports’ operator, Los Angeles World Airports, has launched a website with tips for travel during the temporary closure of I-405, dubbed by some as “Carmageddon II.” TravelPulse (8/5)

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