Passengers using Edinburgh Airport may have to pass through cutting edge full body scanners from 1 September.
The airport has been directed to introduce eqo scanners from Smiths Detection from that date by the UK government; the scanners detect contraband and concealed threats, showing their location to security staff on what it calls a “mannequin-style” diagram – a generic representation of the body rather than the ‘naked’ images used by other controversial scanners.
Passengers will be selected at random or where there are extra security concerns, such as the activation of the traditional metal detector.
Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Safety and security is at the heart of everything we do at Edinburgh Airport and this new scanner is a great enhancement to our security process.
“The scan is quick, simple and safe for everyone and does not compromise individual’s privacy as the image taken is deleted straight after it is assessed. Passengers asked to undergo the scan must comply with the rules as stated by the Department for Transport, and are intended to enhance security for everyone.”
It will be mandatory for passengers who are selected for a scan to participate. Passengers who refuse will not be able to board their flight. All images taken are deleted as soon as they have been assessed.To receive our free weekly round-up of all news stories from our site, click here
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