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Europe Bans Body Scanners Used At U.S. Airports

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Something as small as a ring can set off a TSA scanner. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Something as small as a ring can set off a TSA scanner. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport have been out front in using full body scanners for security.

Now the question is will that change after the European Union announced it has banned X-ray body scanners until more research can be completed to ensure there is no cancer risk from the machines.

In the United States, officials continue to declare the scanners completely safe. Currently, 250 body scanners are in place at American airports.

The Transportation Security Administration is so confident in the scanners that it may cancel a congressionally requested study on the health safety of the body scanners, according to CNN.

PBS’ Newshour, in conjunction with ProPublica, found earlier this year that the minimal radiation from scanners could potentially cause up to 100 extra cancer cases per eyar.

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