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A technician assembles a brand new TSA body scanner. (Photo by Matt Molnar/NYCAviation)
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TSA to Commission Independent Study of X-Ray Body Scanners

Posted December 18, 2012 by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

The Transportation Security Administration has agreed to fund a study of the health effects of its X-ray body scanners.

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This is Syria's only operational Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft (YK-ATA), seen here at Paris-Le Bourget Airport in 2009. It may have been used to transport Mil Mi-25 attack helicopters to Syria from Russia through Iraqi airspace. (Photo by twin-otter64 via Flickr, CC-BY-NC-SA)
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Did Syria Transport Russian Attack Helicopters Through Iraqi Airspace?

Posted November 30, 2012 by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

In late October, Syria asked Iraqi authorities to grant air access for a cargo plane transporting refurbed attack helicopters from Russia.






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Filtered images from a backscatter body scanner. (Photo by TSA)
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TSA X-Ray Body Scanners Sit Idle in Warehouse

Posted November 16, 2012 by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

It turns out that more than 90 of the controversial scanners removed from major airports will sit in a Texas warehouse indefinitely.






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TSA agent pats down an airport passenger.
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TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

Posted October 19, 2012 by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

The TSA has been removing X-ray body scanners from airports and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.






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TSA agent pats down an airport passenger.
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TSA Reveals Passenger Complaints … Four Years Later

Posted May 8, 2012 by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

From intrusive pat-downs to body scans to perceived profiling, the Transportation Security Administration always seems to be the target of complaints. Here’s another one: It took the TSA almost four years to tell me what people complained about — in 2008. In my first week at ProPublica in June 2008, I filed a public records […]

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A plane lands on the resurfaced runway at Wiliamson-Sodus Airport near Lake Ontario in upstate New York. The airport is owned by the private Williamson Flying Club. Photo by CBS News
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Aviation News

Tiny Airports Take Off With Stimulus

Posted July 15, 2009 by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

The Federal Aviation Administration has now allocated all of its $1.1 billion in stimulus money for airport improvements. But the complex set of rules laid out in the recovery act has led to some counterintuitive results: The biggest winners aren’t the busiest airports.






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