The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said that Full-Body X-Ray machines will be removed from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia Airports.
‘The ongoing removal of two dozen so-called X-ray backscatter scanners from JFK, following the removal of a small number of the machines at LaGuardia, means all three of the region’s major airports will be free of body scanners that essentially work like standard chest X-rays, and have raised health concerns because they emit radiation. Newark Liberty International Airport has always been equipped with so-called millimeter wave scanners, which do not use X-rays.’
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said X-ray scanners were being replaced by so-called millimeter wave scanners, which work faster than the X-ray variety and therefore help speed passengers through security checkpoints.
“In an effort to ensure the most efficient and effective use of security technology, TSA is strategically reallocating backscatter advance imaging technology units,” Farbstein said in a statement.
But some experts think the machines are being removed because of health concerns.