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.
This article was posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 at 9:39 am