#94 Fatal Conveniences™: Airport Security: Just Say No to Body Scanners

#94 Fatal Conveniences™: Airport Security: Just Say No to Body Scanners

We can finally get back to traveling! This awesome news, but it does come with some costs. While I’m grateful for the effort airports make to keep us all safe, I don’t think we should have to sacrifice health or autonomy to do it. Are body scanners really necessary?

Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™. 

Did you know you can say no to body scanners at the airport? You can!

I get that we have to be overly cautious at airports, and I appreciate the measures in place to keep us all safe. But submitting to a TSA body scan from a device that we don’t know the full effects of is not ok with me. And it shouldn’t be with you either.

It would be one thing if body scanners were proven to prevent violence or terror attacks. But they haven’t! In fact, studies have proven the opposite – these types of scanning machines are instead “expensive and ineffective.”

I’ll break down the sketchy research done on body scanners and other non-ionizing radiation sources. And I’ll give you the ultimate weapon for avoiding them – just say no! Most people don’t realize you can opt-out of this process. You can! And I do, every single time. 

Other info in this Fatal Conveniences™ segment:
  • Why we have body scanners
  • Non-ionizing radiation 
  • The lack of research on the effects of body scans
  • How to opt-out
  • Global Entry
More information to learn about this subject:

Body Scanners at Airports

All You Need to Know About Body Scanners

Is the radiation from airport body scanners dangerous?

Harvard Study on Body Scanners

Radiation Exposure and Privacy Concerns

Global Entry

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Episode Transcript

Darin: It’s that time of the week for another fatal convenience. This is a bite-size segment that addresses some of society’s fatal conveniences and the steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of them. I define fatal conveniences as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to, tap water, shampoo, sunglasses, food. I dive into the hidden truths behind some of our everyday choices that could not only be harming us but even killing us, so let’s dive in.

Darin: Hey, everybody, welcome to the show. Thanks for tuning in to be aware, so that you can have more freedom, more health, more opportunity, and you don’t get side punched by our modern-day craziness that we do. We create things that have a convenience, but also have a double-edged sword. In this case, they have a side effect, multiples, right? So we want to be aware of this stuff so we’re not being affected by it. So this fatal convenience is what we call, I’m here in the US, the TSA body scanners. It’s that thing you walk into, not the metal detectors, but those scanners that scan your body. The TSA here is called The Transport Security Administration. They’re now using these body scanners for the majority of the people and they scan your body. It goes beyond the just thing you walk under, which is just detecting the metal. So these types of scanners are a non-ionizing type of radiation. So we are exposed to these things everywhere. Certainly, the most we use all the time are cell phones, obviously, with a lot of these EMFs, it is exposure on a small scale, but it’s the accumulation of all of these that are really causing the damage. So these ionizing radiation things, these scanners, I don’t know about you, but you use your instinct, you’re like, hmm, I’m not so sure if you ask these people what, these TSA people are supposed to know. Of course, they don’t know. They’re told that these things are safe. So you ask them, I don’t want to do this. And then they kind of look at you sideways, like hey, man, it’s safe. And, okay, fine, but it’s scanning my body and taking pictures. So number one, is that violating privacy? And is it under full disclosure of what these things really are and what they’re doing? This is a millimeter-wave technology using non-ionizing radiation. Now, ionizing radiation is x-rays and stuff like that. Now, TSA used to use those things, and then there’s a massive backlash, and they got rid of those. And now they’re using this millimeter-wave body scanner using two antennas that rotate around your body and it creates a 3D imaging. It allows for them to see things that are not just metal that you could be hiding in your underwear or whatever. The history of why these are created. Now, after 911 and the incidences where they believe that one of the people were hiding plastic explosives in this person’s underwear. So it wasn’t metal. It got through all the detections, that’s the claim, but they were calling it the underwear tragedy because they got through, and then it was contributing to 911. I’m not sure if any of that is accurate, but that’s what they used for part of the story. And then they claim that while there’s an increase in airline bombings so, therefore, we need to use these types of scanners. Now again, the history is that they use these things called backscatter x-ray scanners using low dose radiation, ionizing radiation, in order to generate the computer image, and then people just went crazy. And physicians and experts and radiology departments said, hey, this is not a good idea. So then they switched to this non-ionizing, these millimeter waves, and it came by wave from 911. Now, the convenience here is obviously you can walk through there, you can see the whole body. This allows for millions of people to filter through the airport going through the scanners with the perception that they’re safe, with the perception that there are security checks. So these millimeter-wave scanners were deployed all throughout the US. And here’s the interesting thing, as I started digging into this, there was not a lot of research. It was weird research because it wasn’t peer-reviewed. It was just kind of a scientist stating or claiming, it poses as negligible radiation risks. And so the safety was difficult to impossible to prove using this accessible data. So I dug, and there’s not a lot of information about this. But yet, on some instinctual level, I know you all know this, you’re going in there with trust going, it has to be safe. But listen, you know, that not everything is safe at all. And you don’t have people with your best interests in mind and you have to take this on. So there’s an article by John Moulder, risks of exposure to ionizing and millimeter-wave radiation from airport, whole-body scanners. These have gained wide acceptance now, but again, the regulations are not there. We’re not finding a lot of information. But why should you care, because this is a type of microwave range, it’s in the microwave range. So it’s a microwave you’re stepping into. And you also know that microwaves are a fatal convenience. It messes with cell, it can mess with DNA and RNA, it can push calcium out of the cell. This is in that radiation spectrum. Other technologies like I said in this category are cell phones, microwaves, like I said, radar, Wi-Fi signals, cordless phones, all these are in a type of frequency. And these things all can be harmful. There was an international commission of non-ionizing radiation protection, and they make statements that there’s little to no health risk because the type that they’re measuring is the heat that’s hitting you. But that’s not what we’re talking about people. That’s old school, that is not talking about the actual frequency and the waves that are affecting your body. And we all know the body is frequencies. The frequencies of these waves using these scanners are measured in 10s of gigahertz, GH with a small z. And at these frequencies, the radiation is considered high-frequency non-ionizing radiation, the kind that heats up the molecules, so they all go back to the heat of the skin. But this is not what we’re talking about, this is the heating up of the molecules that make up your body. This is a big deal. Here’s the other issue. So now you’re heating up your molecules, you’re increasing high frequency, non-ionizing radiation into your body so that they can scan you. So now, is this a privacy and health issue? I would say yes. Are you being given all of the information? No, not even in the research. Some of the researchers are saying, why is this not more available publicly, this nonionizing radiation if it is safe, and you keep saying it’s safe, and all these researchers are just making statements without the research and they’re making these statements. These are safe, but it’s not backed up in data. It’s not backed up in the real science. So how can you just make a statement that these things are safe? So you’re not getting full disclosure. And is this a privacy? It’s looking at your entire body. How effective are they? Well, the TSA has not publicly and publicized these high false-positive rates of millimeter-wave body scanners. There was a ProPublica report cited, and we have all this in the show notes, citing a 54% false-positive rates in Germany due to these machines picking up even sweat as a potential for concern. To date, there has not been a single report of aviation terrorism that was thwarted thanks to this technology even in the immediate aftermath of The Underwear Bombers and 911 and the fail stopping of that statistically. Journalist, Nate Silver placed the odds of being on a given flight with terrorist activity as less than 1 in 10 million in the decade preceding the incident. Nevertheless, nearly 8 years after the pivotal moment in the US aviation security history, we are still scanning people with potential harmful machines every day. So it’s not thwarting. It’s not doing anything to thwart the activity. It hasn’t found anyone, they haven’t revealed the safety information. And you know what they claim? So the millions of dollars that it takes to build these things, no science data, not releasing the real information. They say, well, it deters attackers. Really? So it’s a placebo with potential health effects. What the hell people? Even a former TSA agent spoke out against body scanners in an opt ad for Time Magazine arguing they’re expensive and ineffective. The Conservative, The Heritage Foundation’s compilation of 60 terrorist plots since 911 also noted, no post-2009 events were foiled by this technology. And still, even asking these people, even asking for the information, even asking for is it actually thwarting? Is it actually working keeping terrorists down? Is it finding any people? Is it detecting anything that’s stopping these things? No, it’s not. And are there health effects? Yes. Are they safe? Well, it’s not looking so good. According to the World Health Organization, current electromagnetic field project where it really is no way to know at this point. What? There’s no way to know. [00:12:19] a professor of radiation physics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Radiology Oncology agrees these millimeter-wave body scanners may not be 100% risk-free and could have biological effects. [00:12:42] the researcher explains that the microwaves, such as those from the millimeter-wave body scanners can interact with the entire body, individual organs, or with large molecules, thus having a potential measurable effect. Why don’t we know? Why isn’t there research? Why are you just saying this shit is safe when it potentially is not? TSA body scanners, it’s really easy. Here we go. Opt out, opt out, opt out, opt out, you can do that. Do you feel a little uncomfortable? Yes. But are you putting your health, your kids, your family at risk? No, you’re not. So here’s what I do. Go through the regular line. I look at the guy. Here’s the scanner, here’s the metal detector. I go, I want to opt-out. He rolls his eyes sometimes and then they have to go find a guy. So I’m waiting around for a physical person to come. And they say where’s your stuff? Where’s my stuff, it’s on that scanner. I walk through the metal detector. They then take me and do a pat-down. I do it every time. I have never, you guys know I travel a lot, I have never gone through a scanner ever, never and never will. I get a pat-down. It takes a few more minutes. I talk to somebody who’s patting me down and I’m out. That’s the freedom you have. You do not have to go in those things. The millimeter, non-ionizing radiation may cause you harm, don’t have to do that. Here are some other things you can do, sign up for the pre-check, the pre-check lines. Some of them don’t even have the scanner, they just have the metal detector. I have Global Entry, which makes it super convenient when you’re traveling internationally and come back into the US, and that naturally gives me pre-check but you can sign up for the pre-check. You go through another level of background checks. So then you’re good, opt out. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way. We have all of this information that we found in the show notes, but protect yourself. The point is, why would you subject yourself with more radiation? You are going to jump on a plane, there is more radiation on a plane as well. Why subject yourself to things that are not being revealed as the truth and not being studied? And they’re just telling you it’s okay, that’s bullshit. No more, opt-out. I want to see millions of people opting out, then you know what? They have to figure out something else because it is our right. Okay, guess what, you’re awesome. I believe in you, have the best day ever whenever you’re listening to this thing. And remember, I love you.

Darin: Thanks for tuning in everyone. I hope that left you feeling inspired to take a closer look at the everyday choices you’re making and how they could be impacting your health and even the planet. If you want to learn more about life’s fatal conveniences, head over to fatalconveniences.com. You can sign up for the exclusive access to Fatal Conveniences episodes, news, insights, and more. And all this great stuff gets sent each week straight to your inbox, making it really easy. Now, that’s a convenience without the negative side effects. It only takes a few seconds to join. Just fill in the form and take that amazing step towards making better choices. Remember, small changes can have a big impact. So, keep diving my friends, keep diving. And if you haven’t had a chance to check out the interview, I released earlier on the week, here’s what you missed:

Tracy: Through school, I learned that I have the opportunity to change my thoughts. And when I change the frequency of my thoughts, that changes everything inside of me. And when I realized that we are 98.9% water molecules and water is influenced by everything it surrounds, it just blew my mind to realize that the thoughts I was thinking or imprinting the body of water that I am and my health was a choice. And I wasn’t aware of the thoughts I was thinking but once I had that awareness, then I had the opportunity to change and to shift it. So what I did was I started to wake up and the first thing I would do with just be grateful.

Darin: This episode is produced by my team at Must Amplify, an audio marketing company that specializes in giving a voice to a brand and making sure the right people hear it. If you would like or are thinking about doing a podcast or even would like a strategy session to add your voice to your brand in a powerful way, go to www.mustamplify.com/darin. That’s www.mustamplify.com/darin.

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