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TSA Interested In Purchasing Dosimeters

OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes | more than 2 years ago

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OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "TSA recently announced that it is looking for vendors of 'radiation measurement devices'. According to the agency's Request for Information, these devices 'will assist the TSA in determining if the Transportation Security Officers (TSO) at selected federalized airports are exposed to ionizing radiation above minimum detectable levels, and whether any measured radiation doses approach or exceed the threshold where personnel dosimetry monitoring is required by DHS/TSA policy.' A TSA spokeman claims that their RFI 'did not reflect any heightened concern by the agency about radiation levels that might be excessive or pose a risk to either TSA screeners or members of the traveling public.' Concern outside the agency, however, has always been high. TSA has long been criticized for its apparent lack of understanding of radiological safety, even for its own employees. There has been speculation of a cancer cluster, possibly caused by poor safety practices in baggage screening."
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Trust but verify (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 2 years ago | (#38615160)

Trust but verify.

Sure you trust your safety interlocks but
it is necessary to verify them. Individual
dosimeters as well as location dosimeters
are key to the management of at risk employees.

If there is in fact a cancer cluster then the
issue was long term and far reaching. Since
there has been a long term public outcry on
this that has been "ignored" the fallout
(pun intended) will be far reaching and expensive.
i.e. ignorance is not in the cards, someone made
a bet and now it is time to settle up.

Most interestingly the fear of radiation dirty explosive devices
is high on the movie script list of security theater threats.
Thus large volume detector arrays (sensitive ones) should
be as common at the anti theft RFID tag readers at
Wallmart and Target.

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