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Federal investigators examine risk of radiation from airport body scanners

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Federal investigators have launched an investigation into the risk of radiation from body scanners at airports.

The Transportation Security Administration has yet to announce that they are turning personal radiation detection devices on their employees, but they've requested the devices from a federal vendor.

The move to start measuring the radiation levels seems to be in stark contrast to the denials over the years that the levels of radiation are inconsequential.

Frequent traveler Nayo Thomas knows the uncomfortable nature of security screening, but has always heard her health was never at risk.

"They say that you're basically not exposed to any radiation, that there are no levels of detection," Thomas said.

Some passengers admit they question the dosage amounts the TSA tells them which is, according to the TSA, less than the energy of a cell phone for the most common scanners and the equivalent of two minutes on an airplane for the backscatter version.

Sam Nussbaum, who flies more than 100 times a year, is one of those.

"I'd be as concerned about their safety as I am about the travelers safety," Nussmaum said. "Its safety for all of us that are impacted."

While critics cal on the agency to take their testing even further than just their own agents, frequent flyers say their safety in the sky is what is paramount.

"Having been through that 9/11 experience, anything would make us safer," said Gaithersburg resident Sharon Douglas.

A TSA spokesperson told the L.A. Times that they continuously test their technology to ensure its safety for both passengers and their officers.

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