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Dublin Airport trials full-body scanner

A full-body scanner is to be installed at Dublin Airport as part of an 18-month trial of the controversial security equipment.

A full-body scanner is to be installed at Dublin Airport as part of an 18-month trial of the controversial security equipment.


During the trial period, the walk-through scanner will not be used on passengers but only on airline staff and other airport workers and even then it will not be compulsory, a spokesperson for Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said.


She said: “We are going to get one here on trial, but it will not be for passengers.


“We’ll be testing one for staff around the end of September.”


In July, the European Parliament voted that body scanners should be allowed at EU airports only if the “health, dignity and privacy of passengers are protected”.


MEPs have accepted that body scanners would enhance aviation security, but has asked Member States “to deploy technology which is the least harmful for human health” and addresses privacy concerns.


Meanwhile, due to health risks, “scanners using ionising radiation should be prohibited in the EU”.



The European Parliament has also ruled that passengers should have the right to refuse body scanning and opt for alternative screening methods if they choose.


Furthermore, to protect human dignity, privacy and intimacy, “only stick figures should be used” and “no body images may be produced”, stressed MEPs.


Moreover, the data “must be destroyed right after the person has passed through the security control and may not be stored”, and “the technology used must not have the capabilities to store or save data”.


The scanner at Dublin Airport will initially be located in Terminal 1 and will respect all the EU requirements, the spokesperson added.


The DAA described it as a “wave” scanner and not an X-ray, and said potential health concerns would be discussed with the manufacturers.

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