UK goes against European ruling on body scanners
November 22nd, 2011 by elisa

Last week the European Commission banned the use of body scanners at European airports by next April over a fear that the radiation emitted could cause cancer. However, Transport secretary Justine Greening has gone against the ruling by stating that passengers at UK airports could not opt out of using the scanner, despite the ruling which says they can.

Ms Greening said that she would carefully consider the results from the health report, but at the moment the reasons for introducing the scanners are still a pressing concern.

She added: “I do not believe that a ‘pat down’ search is equivalent in security terms to a security scan. The purpose of introducing security scanners in the first place was to protect the travelling public better against sophisticated terrorist threats.

“These threats still exist and the required level of security is not achieved by permitting passengers to choose a less effective alternative.”

In a Parliamentary written statement, Ms Greening said she believed, in principle, that scanners should be rolled out more widely at UK airports.

What do you think about this defiance against the EC ruling? Is it a good idea? Should the scanners be banned, or is this a knee-jerk reaction to initial research?


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