Does anyone really know if the new body scanners are totally safe for pumps? One is the “backscatter” scanner that scans you with radiation and shows the basically naked image to the security folks. It’s been used now for months at a few airports, like Phoenix Sky Harbor. There’s also the newer “millimeter wave” machine that hits you from all angles with RF/electromagnetic waves and creates a similar picture. Of course, we can’t bring pumps near MRIs or wear them during CAT scans or major x-rays, but I know there have been folks who actually put their pumps on the conveyor belt at the airport for an x-ray (I’m not talking about the standard metal detectors, which are ok for pumps) and claim no harm was done. I think in particular the new millimeter wave scanner sounds suspicious because we all know how pacemakers can be affected by microwaves and RF. I wouldn’t want to be scanned by one of those if I had a pacemaker! So what about pumps and CGMS? You should already have the remote, meter and CGMS functions turned off before flying anyway (so there’s no RF signals being emitted), so would this be ok then?
Article from today about this: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071011/D8S6Q7T00.html
I also just read that both types are being used at London Heathrow, where I’ll be next month, so I guess I better know if they’re safe, just in case, lol. In fact, at Heathrow they’re talking about using this technology in the future to scan entire crowds all at once, picking out anything hidden under the clothes or suspicious. Now, of course I do not want my plane hijacked or blow up (!!!), but I worry about the implications for something like that and pumps. Would we always be singled out and searched then? Everytime we fly? Everytime we want to board a train? That could seriously suck.