Belfast International Airport

Body Scanning Technology

Body Scanner Information

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Belfast International Airport has introduced state-of-the-art, non-invasive body scanning technology in response to new regulations put in place by the UK Department for Transport (DfT). This equipment supports the existing security processes at Northern Ireland’s busiest airport and is expected to make the search process more efficient and less intrusive for passengers travelling through the airport.

The body-scanner can detect a wide range of potential threats to security in a matter of seconds and it will be used alongside the airport’s existing security screening systems.

In line with DfT protocols, passengers will be randomly selected for scanning or on activation of the normal security checks. They will then pass through the scanner which highlights those areas where items that need to be checked out are being carried..

The body-scanning equipment deployed at Belfast International Airport uses latest-generation technology which does not produce an image of the person being scanned. The software processes the scan data automatically and indicates the areas that need to be checked by highlighting them on a generic mannequin diagram. The passenger can see this diagram on the screen when they exit from the scanner.

As no images are created, the personal privacy of passengers is respected and there can be no question of images being stored or retrieved later. The information shown on the generic diagram is deleted after the passenger has been cleared by the security officer.(sample image opposite)

The scanning equipment in use does not produce xrays, nor does it emit ionising radiation. The “millimetre wave” technology uses radio waves at a power output many times lower than portable personal devices like mobile phones. The UK Government has concluded that the use of this equipment does not pose any risk to health.

Body Scanners and Pregnancy

The body scanner in use at Belfast International Airport uses millimetre wave technology. The “millimetre wave” technology uses radio waves at a power output many times lower than portable personal devices like mobile phones. All the technologies deployed have been assessed by government health and safety regulators and have concluded that there are no unacceptable risks to health.

Body Scanners and Pacemakers

The body scanner in use at Belfast International Airport uses millimetre wave technology. The “millimetre wave” technology uses radio waves at a power output many times lower than portable personal devices like mobile phones. All the technologies deployed have been assessed by government health and safety regulators and have concluded that there are no unacceptable risks to health. Passing through the scanner does not constitute a risk to health for any passenger, including those with pacemakers or internal defibrillators.

As walk through metal detectors are still part of the security process please continue to alert security staff of your pacemaker, as you would normally have done.

For further information visit the Department for Transport website www.dft.gov.uk