NASA has revealed that airline pilots absorb approximately as much radiation over the course of a year as a nuclear power plant employee, leading them to be classified as “occupational radiation workers” by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). NASA said that during a typical polar flight from Chicago to Beijing, pilots are exposed to roughly as much radiation as if they had received a pair of chest x-rays. Over the course of their career, this can increase their risk of developing cataracts or even cancer – and passengers could also be similarly affected. “A 100,000 mile frequent flyer gets about
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