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Saturday 1 November 2014

Children set to face full-body scanners in UK

Concerns have been raised that body scanners could threaten child protection laws
UK's equality watchdog has written to home secretary over concerns about airport body scanners
UK's equality watchdog has written to home secretary over concerns about airport body scanners

All selected children will have to go through the new full-body scanning machines being introduced at airports, the Government said yesterday.

The requirement was made clear when Transport Secretary Lord Adonis, as promised, announced a consultation process on the use of scanners.

Civil rights groups have raised legal and privacy concerns about the scanners, which are being rolled out at airports following the failed transatlantic plane bomb attack last Christmas.

In a code of practice on which the Government is now consulting, the Government said: “We will be requiring all children who are selected to be screened using the scanners.

“To do otherwise would risk undermining the effect of these new measures.”

The code also said: “To the extent that human rights are engaged, the Government believes that the use of security scanners as an aviation security measure at UK airports is proportionate and legitimate.”

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