Ban on Passenger X-ray Scans at Chengdu Airport After Outcry
Environmental protection authorities have ordered Chengdu's international airport to stop using X-ray scanners to screen travelers during security checks amid rising public concern over radiation exposure.
An official from the Ministry of Environmental Protection's (MEP) National Nuclear Safety Administration told Caixin on Wednesday that the ministry has advised its provincial branch to take action against the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport authority in the southwestern province for violating national radiation-safety rules.
The Sichuan Environmental Protection Department, a local branch of the MEP, issued a notice on Wednesday ordering Chengdu airport to immediately remove its X-ray body scanners as it continued its investigation.
The moves came after internet users began to express concern last month over potential health hazards linked to radiation exposure after the airport installed full-body X-ray scanners at security checks and amid reports that railway authorities in the city were also said to be adopting the technology.