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TSA -- Infecting the U.S.?

The latex gloves used by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration while giving airline passengers full-body pat-downs apparently aren't there for the safety and security of passengers -- only the TSA agents. The agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of passengers.

When asked about the possibility of contamination being spread from one passenger to another on the gloves of TSA agents, a spokesman for the CDC had no comment. However, in its online writings, the CDC repeatedly makes clear the importance of maintaining clean hands to avoid transmission of communicable and contagious diseases.

In related news, a leading scientist has come forward to say that airport X-ray scans are just as likely to kill you as a terrorist bomb. According to the Daily Mail:

“Critics say the low level beam used delivers a small dose of radiation to the body but because the beam concentrates on the skin -- one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the human body -- that dose may be up to 20 times higher than first estimated.”