Following the British Government’s recent moves towards introducing body scanning security measures at UK airports, Edinburgh has announced that its passengers may be body scanned as part of the airport’s normal security procedures from Saturday September 1, 2012.
The airport says that body scanning technology will add another layer of security at Scotland’s busiest airport, “but will have no impact on the processing of passengers through the airport”.
The eqo scanners that are to be used detect concealed threats and contraband, alerting security staff through a visual image which appears as a ‘mannequin-style’ diagram on a small screen attached to the machine.
Passengers will be selected at random, or where there is an extra security concern, such as activation of the metal detector, for the extra security scanning which usually takes just a few seconds.
A member of airport staff will be present throughout the process which will take place within the security search area. The airport says that all images taken will be deleted as soon as they have been assessed.
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.
Edinburgh Airport’s management team says that it will provide information about the scanners to passengers by using posters and leaflets in the terminal, as well as notices on its website.
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