24 SEPTEMBER 2012
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The trial of Manchester Airport’s 'naked' body scanners will end in October when testing will also begin on a new generation of privacy friendly security machines.
In line with Government policy, this new equipment will include a feature which automatically processes images of passengers using a system that eliminates the need for an airport security officer to view the ghost-like body outlines that made the 'naked' machines somewhat notorious.
The latest machines scan passengers using radio frequency-based millimetre wave technology rather than the low dose x-rays used by current machines.
Despite a panel of independent European health experts unanimously concluding in March that there was no evidence that they posed health risks, airport bosses say its current trial will close in six weeks because of legislation from Brussels.
"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, CEO Manchester Airport Group. “Our security surveys and those run by the DfT show passengers regularly rate their experience at Manchester as one of the best security processes in the UK if not Europe”. www.manchesterairport.co.uk
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