Manchester Security Scanners to be scrapped

Full body scanners are being scrapped at Manchester Airport after failing to get approval from the European Commission.

The scanners used a low dose of x-rays to scan through clothing and produce a naked image of the passenger, showing any items they had on them. Critics said the machines invaded passengers’ privacy and the radiation they generate raised the risk of cancer.

They will be replaced by “privacy-friendly” scanners at a cost of £1.3m and an extra 55 security staff. The new scanners do not need a member of security to check the images but more staff are required to frisk passengers when the images show potential “threat areas” suggesting there might be concealed items.

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