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Airport X Ray Full Body Scanners – A risk worth taking?

September 14, 2010

The following illustration is based on Bureau of Transportation statistics data from October 1999 to September 2009 inclusive.

Total number of commercial flights: Ninety nine million, three hundred and twenty thousand, three hundred and nine.

Total number of successful terrorist attacks: 4.

That’s a 0.000004% chance that you’ll be a victim of airborne terrorism on your next flight. Bear in mind that these statistics take into account the events of September 11 2001 – Not an event that happens very often.

Based on the number of airborne hours that’s one attack per 27.2 million hours. Or one attack every 3,105 years.

The odds of becoming a victim of terrorism in the air is one in ten million, four hundred and eight thousand, nine hundred and forty seven.

Lets put that into perspective.

The odds of being struck by lightning: One in half a million.

“Never tell me the odds” Han Solo.

Your basic human rights are being systematically eroded. You and your children are being subjected to a dose of radiation that may damage your DNA. As a passenger/ taxpayer you will have to pay for the installation and maintenance of X Ray scanners. Based on the calculations above, we really need to ask our ourselves if the trade-off is worth it.

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