In the recent past we have seen much of changes happening around the world in terms of technological innovations that had been put in use for the benefit of human race but in bid to deal with the global threat of terrorism, technology had been put in creating future weapons and to counter terrorist activities.
Air passengers to undergo yet another security check with the introduction of new Full Body Scanners being installed in airports, in a bid to counter terrorism.
With reports already coming in on “Full-body scanner use on air passengers might damage human DNA”, there is total skepticism among air travelers across the world.
Though the manufacturers of such machines claim they are perfectly safe and present no health risks, a study conducted by the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in USA, says that the terahertz waves generated by these machines could “…unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.” In short, are we risking human lives to make air travel safer?
The human race is already overwhelmed with health issues and is clueless on finding solutions to some of the new developments in the health arena.
It’s too early to come to a conclusion on the new terahertz wave technology, as there are reports that this technology has some positive side to it. The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. And even though they don’t travel far inside the body, there is a great hope that the waves can be used to spot tumors near the surface of the skin. This would help in early detection of tumors in air travelers, which can be a boon in disguise.
Hopefully, governments will prioritize the safety of its citizens and will ensure its safety before implementing such procedures.