June 22, 2010
A leading MEP says air passengers must retain the right to choose how they want to be checked by security at airports.
The comments, by German member Manfred Weber, come after the European commission published a new proposal on the use of body scanners at European airports.
The commission said that full body scanners are a reliable screening method at airports, but believe a common framework must be developed across the EU to protect citizens’ fundamental rights and health.
Outlining the proposal, EU fundamental rights commissioner Viviane Reding defined certain conditions for the use of body scanners: passengers’ privacy and health must be secured and the added value of the technique in security controls must be proven.