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Major UK airport to ditch ‘naked’ scanners

Posted By admin On September 17, 2012 @ 9:39 am In Prison Planet,Tile | Comments Disabled

Belfast Telegraph [1]
September 17, 2012

Controversial “naked” security scanners are to be ditched by airport bosses.

The machines at Manchester Airport invaded passenger privacy, according to critics, by giving graphic X-ray style images.

But a trial of their use comes to an end next month and they will be replaced by five next generation “privacy friendly” scanners thanks to EU rules.

The new scanners include a feature which automatically processes images of passengers using a system that eliminates the need for a security officer to view the ghost-like X-ray body outlines that sparked the controversy.

The new machines instead scan passengers using radio frequency-based millimetre wave technology rather than the low dose X-rays used by the current body scanners. A computer then analyses the scans and alerts airport staff where to look for hidden objects using a stick figure diagram.

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[1] Belfast Telegraph: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/airport-to-ditch-naked-scanners-16211917.html?r=RSS

[2] Controversial ‘naked’ airport body scanners to be scrapped after failing to receive European approval: http://www.prisonplanet.com/controversial-naked-airport-body-scanners-to-be-scrapped-after-failing-to-receive-european-approval.html

[3] Florida airport could be first in US to ban naked body scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/florida-airport-could-be-first-in-us-to-ban-naked-body-scanners.html

[4] Lawsuit challenges airport full-body scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/lawsuit-challenges-airport-full-body-scanners.html

[5] Airline passengers have ‘no right’ to refuse naked body scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/airline-passengers-have-no-right-to-refuse-naked-body-scanners.html

[6] Airport admits ‘strip search’ body scanners WILL show people naked: http://www.prisonplanet.com/airport-admits-strip-search-body-scanners-will-show-people-naked.html

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