Body scanners rolled out fully at Manchester Airport
October 14th, 2010 by elisa

After a lot of controversy over the full body scanners being trialled at Manchester Airport, the airport has decided to rely on the scanners at all security areas by the end of the month after 95% of people at the airport said that they preferred the scanning to the previous pat down method.

The airport said that scanning instead of patting down has also dramatically reduced passenger queues at security.

Manchester Airport managing director Andy Harrison said: “We began trialling a body scanner in 2009 because one of the most regular complaints from our passengers was about being patted down at security. Body scanners could solve this but we also knew that the technology was controversial which is why we embarked on a trial.”

“Our passengers and staff tell us that they much prefer the experience of a body scanner because it is significantly quicker as it doesn’t involved being frisked nor does it require them to remove their coats, jackets and belts.

 “We fully respect that a small number of people have reservations about body scanners on privacy or medical grounds but we have gone to great lengths to ensure the highest levels of privacy protection and expert studies have shown that the technology is safe.”

What are your views on this move? It would be interesting to see the views of people who have been through the scanners themselves also.

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