ABTA advise on airport body scanners roll out
February 8th, 2010 by elisa

The travel association, ABTA is encouraging agents to keep customers informed about scanners that show them naked at airports.

The scanners have recently been introduced in London Heathrow and Manchester as a reaction against an attempt to blow up a plane on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit over Christmas. Birmingham will be next in line for the scanners and a roll-out to other UK airports will follow. Passengers who refuse to be scanned will not be allowed to fly.

The scanning has sparked opposition from those who say it is an erosion of privacy, but Transport Secretary of State Lord Adonis told the House of Commons recently that the move is still under public consultation and there will be an interim code of practice which means no pictures can be retained, the scanner can not see the scanned person and passengers can ask for same sex scanners.

ABTA’s chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “In the immediate future, only a small proportion of airline passengers will be affected by the new scanners. Passengers need to be confident when they fly. It is important that new security measures are introduced proportionately and correctly so that the privacy and dignity of passengers are not compromised. We will continue to help our members to inform their customers of any new developments, so that they know what to expect when they arrive at airports.”

See the previous blog and responses to the scanners at Manchester Airport here.

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