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What you need to know about body scanners at Glasgow Airport

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Why are body scanners being introduced?

In line with new technology and legislations, new security (body) scanners were deployed across all security lanes within Glasgow Airport from 20th December 2016.

Keeping our passengers safe is of utmost importance to us. We have introduced this new technology into Glasgow Airport as it provides the best enhancements to our existing process, and serves as a thorough yet less intrusive searching process.

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?

We know going through security-checks can be daunting to those who don’t travel often, but we can assure you that the security scanners we use are completely safe. The UK government concluded that the use of this type of equipment does not pose any risk to health. The scanning equipment does not produce x-rays, nor does it emit ionising radiation.

Our security scanners use millimetre waves – radio waves that have a power output much lower than portable personal devices like mobile phones. The security scanners can detect a wide range of potential security threats, and none of the data images are stored.

What is likely 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?

If selected, children will have to be screened, by means of a security scanner or alternative screening methods.

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 and no defining characteristics of an individual are visible on screen.

The image produced by a body scanner looks like this:


Where can I find more information?

If you wish to opt out of the security scanner enhanced search, there are private security checks available – please ask a member of our staff.

New regulations now make it possible to security screen religious and cultural headgear by alternative means. If you're selected for a search using our normal processes, you can opt for any headgear worn for religious or cultural reasons to be screened by the use of security technology as an alternative to being hand searched.

You can find more information about security scanners used at UK airports on the Department for Transport website. Alternatively, click here for more information and details on the security body scanners used at Glasgow Airport.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to tweet us (@GLA_Airport) or send us a message on Facebook.

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