UK Airport to ditch naked scanners
2012-09-18 0:00

From: BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

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.

Despite a panel of independent European health experts unanimously concluding in March that there was no evidence that the current X-ray body scanners posed health risks, airport bosses said the current trial of those machines will end in six weeks because legislation from Brussels now excludes the technology.

"We’re baffled by this situation because health experts say they are safe plus the overwhelming majority of our passengers and security staff prefer body scanners to frisking and it’s frustrating that Brussels has allowed this successful trial to end", said Andrew Harrison, chief operating officer at MAG, Manchester Airport’s parent company.

"Our security surveys and those run by the Department for Transport show passengers regularly rate their experience at Manchester as one of the best security processes in the UK if not Europe.

"There’s no doubt that body scanners play a big part in these results. That’s why we are once again investing in new next generation scanner technology where the human examination of images is automated."

Five new security scanners in total will start to be installed across all three terminals and transfer lounges at Manchester Airport from October 1 in a trial expected to last three months. In the meantime, an additional 55 full-time security staff have been employed.


Article from: belfasttelegraph.co.uk
















Related Articles
Controversial ’naked’ airport body scanners to be scrapped after failing to receive European approval
See-Through Security: Molecular scanners to search without consent
Former TSA Admits $1B Nude Body Scanner Fleet Worthless!
Don’t want to be groped by the TSA or go through a body scanner? Just pay $100!
YouTube Restricts Video Of Engineer Proving How Useless TSA Scanners Are
TSA To Test Body Scanner Operators For Radiation Exposure
TSA Kicks Woman Off Flight For Bad Attitude
White House Pulls Down TSA Petition
TSA: Filming Checkpoints is ‘Terrorism’
House Panel to TSA: Stop Patting Down Beyonce (Celebs ’More Equal’ Than Others)
EU bans naked airport body scanners over safety concerns


Latest News from our Front Page

Aurora Shooting Victim Parents Face $200K Court Fees, Bankruptcy, After Failing to Sue Ammo Dealers
2015-08-01 2:17
The 2012 Colorado Theater Shooting still doesn’t add up… Media character and ‘Shooter’ James Holmes in court in 2012-2013. In 2014, Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the mother and stepfather of Aurora Theater Shooting victim Jessica Redfield Ghawi, tried to sue the ammo companies they believe supplied shooter James Holmes with his ammunition, body armor and other items. They bleived that the online retailer BulkAmmo.com had sold Holmes ...
FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force Investigating Confederate Flags at MLK's Ebenezer Baptist Church
2015-08-01 2:21
According to the Atlanta Police Department, two White men left four small Confederate Battle Flags outside MLK’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta … and get this, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is on the scene investigating the incident. Atlanta police Chief George Turner said his agency was working with federal authorities and they have not determined what charges might be ...
Democratic National Committee Chair Wasserman Schultz Can’t Explain Difference Between Democrat Party and Socialism
2015-08-01 2:08
Things got very awkward today when Chris Matthews asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz what the difference was between the modern Democratic Party and Socialism. We haven’t seen that dazed look since Rachel Dolezal was busted as a fraud. Wasserman Schultz was speechless. Completely stumped. Couldn’t answer. Then changed the subject. Because we all know there is no difference between today’s Democrat Party and the radical ...
Catching on slow: Yet Another Study Show Cellphone Radiation Cause Cancer
2015-08-01 1:44
The scientists were right — your cell phone can give you cancer. There have long been whispers of a cancer connection from your cell — and a new study backs up the claims. "These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health," study author Igor Yakymenko said. Yakymenko’s meta-study — basically a study of ...
Trump Goes #Cuckservative on Immigration
2015-08-01 1:28
For weeks, the media have trumpeted the supposed death of the Trump campaign. First, they claimed, Trump’s campaign imploded on launch thanks to his comments about illegal immigration. Then they claimed that Trump was finished because of his slap at Senator’s (R-AZ) war service. But neither of those comments alienated Trump’s base – he’s maintained his seven point lead over ...
More News »