The TSA maintains that the level of radiation produced by the scanners is too low to pose a health risk.

In an interview, USAPA spokesman James Ray declared: "My office is six or seven miles about the planet earth, in a greenhouse essentially, and pilots are much more susceptible to cancer, especially skin cancer, than members of the public. A lot of pilots use sun screen in the cockpit.

"While it may be a very low level of radiation that these machines emit, people in the medical field tell us that going through it thousands of times is definitely not a good idea," Ray said. He added that pilots who are inclined to cause injury or damage don't need to carry dangerous items onboard an aircraft.

Nevertheless, he said, the proper way to screen pilots is to use biometrics, retinal scans or some other technique that would assure they are who they say they are.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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