(Closed) Airport Security Bodyscanners and Pregnancy

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went through a scanner about 20 times while pregnant. My baby is perfectly fine! My doc said you get more radiation in flight and no one tells pregnant people not to fly because of the exposure.

Post # 32
2128 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Minimal exposure but still, no such thing as a safe amount of radiation. I would have done the same thing. Trust me, plenty of people opt out of the scan, TSA needs to stop acting surprised every single time. lol.

Post # 33
9087 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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candy11:  My point was, the body scanner is minimal radiation. The amount of radiation you save yourself is completely obliterated by the amount of radiation the plane is going to bombard you with. Then the radiation of being near other planes while on the ground.<br /><br />So, saving yourself from “A little extra” is like withholding a single drop of water from an entire bucket. If it makes you feel like you’re being proactive and health conscious, cool I guess. But in reality, you’re not really shielding yourself from enough radiation to make any sort of difference.

Post # 34
2454 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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Hyperventilate:  Thank you!  That drop in the bucket comparison is spot on.  I would even say it’s like a drop in the pool!


There’s this awesome handy chart from XKCD showing comparisons of radiation:


For comparison, an airport scan is roughly 10 nanoSv, or 0.01 microSv (it looks like a uSv on the chart).  What does that mean?  5 scans = sleeping next to someone.  10 scans = 1 banana.  4000 scans = 1 flight from New York to LA.

Post # 35
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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jholler25:  ya won’t go through the scanner … but you’re FLYING! LMFAO! Have you looked up your radiation exposure when you fly?? … I give up lol … I’d be more concerned about the inherited IQ of my baby if I were you.

Post # 36
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I opted out when I traveled last fall. I’m late 20s but look young. The only problem I had was a TSA agent discreetly say..”you are over 18 right?” I laughed. I find it telling that there is a separate line for parents with young children that only uses a metal detector at my airport. So it’s ok for pregnant ladies to be exposed but not babies…?!? 

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