Gonna do this short and sweet, just hoping you'll trust me:
- No, you are not going to die of cancer. It is safe unless you getting scanned more than 100000 times per year. This is only likely to happen to the seriously bored TSA agents in East Bumfuck, MO.
- Seriously, chill the fuck out. I don't need to think of the children because THEY HAVE SKIN, just like you do.
- The unborn are just fine. They get to use your skin. Chill the fuck out.
- Yes, they will see your bits. Please understand that your bits aren't that interesting. If they are interesting, you've probably made them that way on purpose.
It is also annoying the shit out of me that they keep quoting the wrong dose limits. The public dose above and beyond background is limited to 100mrem/yr of deep, penetrating whole body for members of the general public. The scanners barely
penetrate the dead layer of skin. In this case the only exposure is to a single, rather radio-resistant organ: the skin. Skin dose limits, by contrast, are 50,000mrem/yr. Dose per scan is roughly .02mrem. Please accept that THE DEADLY RADIATIONS are not going to get you and that this is preferable to getting The Grope. Yes, it is fallible and easily evaded. It is a very expensive prop in security theater that still requires thoughtful screeners to be useful. No, I'm not thrilled about them.
I am spending far too much time fielding questions about this. Don't even get me started on the radio/microwave toxicity fucknuts on the rise in San Francisco. I can only make my withering glare for questions related to that work in person.