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Belfast International Airport introduces body scanning technology

Published: 05 September 2012

New scanner goes live on Saturday 8th September

Belfast International Airport is to invest in state-of-the-art, non-invasive body scanning technology in response to new regulations set out by the 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, which will go live on Saturday 8th September 2012, 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.

The equipment safeguards privacy, is safe for passengers and meets the latest DfT requirements for enhanced levels of aviation security.

Passengers 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 generic, mannequin-style diagram, highlighting those areas where items that need to be further checked out are being carried.

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 type of scanner being deployed has also been deemed safe by the UK Government whose health and safety regulators concluded that having a body scan does not pose any risk to health.

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 "

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