If you're traveling this weekend, you're probably wondering how your pregnancy will make things different with all the talk of full body scans and pat downs from Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The new full body scans use x-ray technology, which exposes the person being x-rayed to small amounts of radiation.
"The extremely low dose of radiation from the entire spectrum of TSA screening technology is inconsequential, even to frequent flyers who undergo repeated screenings. When evaluating new screening technologies, TSA performs independent studies and evaluations to verify the systems meet regulatory and national consensus standards to ensure the health and safety of the traveling public, including children and pregnant women as well as the health and safety of the employees who operate the systems. All screening systems fully comply with Federal safety requirements, and measured radiation levels for each are well below limits established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration," an email from TSA explains.
Pregnant women are usually told to avoid x-rays in pregnancy barring medical emergency. The full body scans are optional, according to TSA and you can choose to receive an alternate screening, including a pat down.
If you're traveling and offered both - which will you choose?