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Security scanners at Logan airport are removed

I was relieved when I heard the news that Logan airport would be replacing its full body backscatter scanners — which use small amounts of radiation — with the millimeter wave scanners that don’t use any X-ray radiation. The official reason for replacing the security scanner is because of a failure to fulfill a congressional mandate, which required the machines to have new software to produce less-revealing images by June of this year.

Software adjustments were successfully completed for the millimeter wave scanners, but not the backscatter devices, according to the Transportation Safety Administration. The decision alleviates concerns about excess radiation exposure that might have occurred if the machines malfunctioned.

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