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Stansted Airport to trial "less intrusive" body scanners

Stansted Airport will this week become the latest airport to begin trials of new, "less intrusive" security body scanners.

Stansted Airport will this week become the latest airport to begin trials of new, "less intrusive" security body scanners.

The UK gateway claims that the move is part of its drive to "enhance security procedures and improve passenger service".

According to the airport, the new state-of-the-art technology instantly detects any potential threats and prohibited items after a passenger has activated the walk-through security arch and highlights to security officers the area to search via a generic mannequin-type computer image.

The gateway says that its new ProVision scanner, manufactured by L-3, should also reduce the need for pat-down searches.

John Farrow, Stansted Airport's head of terminal, said: "The trial of new body scanning technology is the next step on the way to further enhancing our security processes at Stansted.

"Providing a safe and secure airport for all our users will always be the highest priority but the introduction of this quick, effective and safe scan will also significantly improve the passenger's experience of security searching and provide maximum protection of privacy."

It will be mandatory for passengers who are selected for a scan to comply. Any passenger refusing to be scanned will not be allowed to travel.

Manchester Airport in the UK and Boston Logan, New York JFK and Chicago O'Hare the in the US are among the growing number of airports across the globe to recently end trials of 'naked' body scanners iin favour of testing more "privacy-friendly" security equipment.

In the US, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday that it planned to remove the controversial full body scanners from the bulk of the nation's major airports and replace them with smaller, and possibly safer machines, that allow passengers to be processed more quickly and less intrusively.

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