X- Ray Scanner to replace body search at airports
A body scanner on trial at Manchester aiport produces 'naked' images
By TTM on 14 October 2009 in News
A body scanner has been introduced at Manchester airport to speed up travellers' passage through security.
The scanner, which cost £80,000 produces naked images of passengers and can reveal breast enlargements body piercings and show black and white outlines of passengers’ genitals. Using the machine means that passengers will no longer have to take off their coats, shoes and belts.
The airport’s head of customer service Sarah Barrett added that passengers would find the scanner preferable to a traditional body search.
They machnes work by beaming electromagnetic waves on to passengers while they stand in a booth. A virtual three-dimensional image is then created from the reflected energy.
Ms Barrett said the radiation levels were "super safe".
She said: "Passengers can go through this machine 5,000 times a year each without worrying. The amount of radiation transmitted is tiny."
Read our report: How revealing is the X-ray scanner at the airport
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