Body scannersOn 1 September 2012, Glasgow Airport introduced body scanners in direct response to new rules set out by the Department for Transport (DfT) relating to the screening of passengers.
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Why are body scanners being introduced at airports?
Airport security is of paramount importance and we are committed to ensuring the safety of the millions of passengers who use Glasgow Airport every year. Body scanners provide an additional layer of security and offer an effective method of screening passengers for emerging threats.
How are passengers selected for scanning?
For security reasons we do not provide specific details of selection or additional screening however we can give assurance that passengers will not be selected based upon ethnic origin, gender or destination of travel.
Are body scanners safe?
Yes. The body scanner’s safe millimetre-wave technology has been assessed by UK Government health & safety officials who have concluded that having a body scan does not constitute an unacceptable risk to health. The technology employed by the body scanner is designed in such a way that it maintains the security of the airport whilst also maintaining the privacy of the passenger.
If I'm asked to pass through the security scanner, can I choose to be screened by an alternative method?
The Department for Transport considers that there are no known health effects from the scanners in use at Glasgow Airport. The only alternative that can be offered to a scanner is a private search which allows for a more extensive hand-search than usual. Passengers will be escorted to a different location in the airport from the main search area (e.g. a private search room). The private search may involve the loosening and/or removal of clothing. A person undergoing a private search may ask to be accompanied by a witness. This alternative screening method will take significantly more time than passing through a security scanner.
What is it like to be scanned?
Body scanning requires the passenger to stand in a particular position within the scanner. There is no physical sensation and the process will take less than 10 seconds. If the scanner detects any potentially dangerous items on your person, the security officer will conduct a further check. Some passengers may also be asked to remove their shoes and/or have their headwear checked after the body scan.
Do children have to be scanned?
Yes. If selected, children will be required to be screened.
Can I view the image that is produced of me?
Yes. You can view the image as you exit the scanner. The image produced by the scanner is a generic stick like figure, with markings on those areas of the body where the scanner has detected concealed items on the passenger. No image will be saved or be retrievable at a later date.
Where can I find more information?
More information about body scanners can be found on the Department for Transport website