Belfast International Airport begins using full-body scanner
Northern Ireland's busiest airport is today unveiling a new full-body scanner aimed at boosting security.
The Belfast International Airport scanner is the first of its kind to be used in Northern Ireland and alerts staff to any suspicious items being carried by passengers.
The technology creates a generic, mannequin-style diagram, highlighting those areas where there are items that require further checking.
The airport said the body scanner creates no images of the person being scanned, and the diagram produced is automatically deleted after it is cleared by a security officer.
The equipment is described as state-of-the-art and is being deployed to meet new regulations set out by the Department for Transport.
John Doran, managing director of Belfast International Airport, said: "Airport security is of paramount importance and we are committed to ensuring the safety and security of the millions of passengers who use Belfast International Airport every year.
"The technology employed by the scanner we are rolling out is designed in such a way that it maintains the aviation security in line with the latest Government requirements whilst also maintaining the privacy of the passenger.
"We will be providing travellers with explanatory leaflets containing information on the scanner and the background to its introduction."
The body scanner, which will go live on Saturday September 8, can detect a wide range of potential threats in a matter of seconds and will be used alongside the airport's existing security screening systems.
It is expected to make the search process more efficient and less intrusive for passengers.
People will be randomly selected for scanning, or on activation of the normal security checks.
They will then pass through the scanner which will produce a diagram of a human figure, highlighting those areas where further checks are required.
The airport said government safety regulators concluded that having a body scan in the device does not pose any risk to health.