Durham Tees Valley Airport refuses to commit to controversial body scanners

The Northern Echo: Durham Tees Valley Airport Durham Tees Valley Airport

ONE of the region's airports is on a collision course with the government over controversial body scanners that produce a naked image of passengers.

Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) is refusing to give a commitment to install the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), which Gordon Brown has insisted is vital to defeat terrorists.

The prime minister backed the scanners - which allow security staff to detect explosives hidden on a passenger's body - after the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a flight to Detroit.

Earlier today, the department for transport (Dft) ordered all airports to install them before the summer holiday season, stating they must be in place "in the coming months".

In a statement, Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said: "Given the current security threat level, the government believes it essential to start introducing scanners immediately."

But there have been protests that the naked images produced breach privacy rules and even child pornography laws that ban the creation of indecent images of youngsters.

Electromagnetic waves, that can see through clothing, are beamed onto passengers to create a 3D image, seen by a single security officer in a remote location. The images are not stored.

A further consideration is the cost - between £80,000 and £100,000 for each scanner. A major airport would need to have several, to avoid huge delays.

So far, the Dft has only "encouraged" airports to adopt the scanners, although it has the power to order them into line, if necessary.

But a spokesman for Peel Airports Group, which owns DTVA, insisted there was only the "potential" for the scanners to be introduced.

He added: "We are awaiting clarification from the DfT over the potential use of body scanners and so are unable to comment as to whether Durham Tees Valley Airport will see such machines being installed."

Newcastle Airport also said it was awaiting further information from the Dft, but added: "We will work with them on whatever measures are deemed necessary."

The scanners are already in place at Heathrow and Manchester airports and will be installed at Birmingham's by the end of February.

Once they are installed, it will be compulsory for "small proportion" of passengers selected for a scan to take part, or they will not be allowed to fly.

A code of practice has been issued, covering covering privacy, data protection and equality issues, which will "require airports to undertake scanning sensitively," Lord Adonis added.

A Dft spokesman said: "We are encouraging airports to install these scanners, which clearly bring security benefits.

"We are working towards a national implementation programme. When that starts, we will be more prescriptive as to exactly which airports must have them."

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8:20am Tue 2 Feb 10

BIGBDARLO says...

As a frequent traveller if I had the option of flying from airports that had these scanners installed (Newcastle or Leeds) or from a DTV airport that didnt have the scanners I would travel the extra miles and even pay the extra cost for the added security.
As a frequent traveller if I had the option of flying from airports that had these scanners installed (Newcastle or Leeds) or from a DTV airport that didnt have the scanners I would travel the extra miles and even pay the extra cost for the added security. BIGBDARLO
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1:04pm Tue 2 Feb 10

sado_23a says...

As a frequent traveller if I had the option of flying from airports that had these scanners installed (Newcastle or Leeds) or from a DTV airport that didnt have the scanners I would travel the extra miles and even pay extra to have my privacy and dignity respected and my health protected. If someone wants to indulge in a fearmongering campaign they'll manage to escort a bomber straight past the 'naked scanners' just like they did at Schiphol. It's only the likes of you, your children, partner and parents that will have to get naked before you're 'allowed' to fly. Some people are obviously also unaware of the health risks posed by these experimental scanners. One wonders which human rights will be expunged next on the grounds that it's "necessary and justified" in the name of <rising music, stand and salute> "freedom, security and democracy". God Save the Queen!
As a frequent traveller if I had the option of flying from airports that had these scanners installed (Newcastle or Leeds) or from a DTV airport that didnt have the scanners I would travel the extra miles and even pay extra to have my privacy and dignity respected and my health protected. If someone wants to indulge in a fearmongering campaign they'll manage to escort a bomber straight past the 'naked scanners' just like they did at Schiphol. It's only the likes of you, your children, partner and parents that will have to get naked before you're 'allowed' to fly. Some people are obviously also unaware of the health risks posed by these experimental scanners. One wonders which human rights will be expunged next on the grounds that it's "necessary and justified" in the name of "freedom, security and democracy". God Save the Queen! sado_23a
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3:59pm Tue 2 Feb 10

merryn says...

i dont think i would be happy to allow a complete stranger see me naked, it sound prudish but if i was to allow people to see my naked i would get done for indecent exposure and yes i think its an invasion of privacy! whats wrong with an x-ray machine?
i dont think i would be happy to allow a complete stranger see me naked, it sound prudish but if i was to allow people to see my naked i would get done for indecent exposure and yes i think its an invasion of privacy! whats wrong with an x-ray machine? merryn
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4:01pm Tue 2 Feb 10

bellringer1212 says...

BIGBDARLO,


Would you pay extra when you get cancer from the radiations of these worthless machines? Or maybe the fabulous health care system you have will take care of you sending you to the grave faster?
Those body scanners are nothing else but a huge scam and money making for some people in the government, just follow the money. It's not about security and safety, it's about control and making people behave like slaves!
BIGBDARLO, Would you pay extra when you get cancer from the radiations of these worthless machines? Or maybe the fabulous health care system you have will take care of you sending you to the grave faster? Those body scanners are nothing else but a huge scam and money making for some people in the government, just follow the money. It's not about security and safety, it's about control and making people behave like slaves! bellringer1212
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7:31pm Tue 2 Feb 10

Laird says...

They don't scan everyone.
They are only selecting those who may fit their profiles , so if you are not one of these there really is no need to cr*p yourself.
They don't scan everyone. They are only selecting those who may fit their profiles , so if you are not one of these there really is no need to cr*p yourself. Laird
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10:19pm Tue 2 Feb 10

BIGBDARLO says...

Sado & bellringer,are the new scanners any more a threat to my health than the existing ones? I can express my human rights by refusing to be scanned, but why would I? If added security makes it harder for mass murderers to kill innocent people then i think the majority of people will tow the line, I would love to go back to the days when security wasnt an issue but them days are long gone. The threat level is higher now than ever before it only takes 1 terrorist to slip through to cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of casualties. Where would your morals & views on human rights lie then?
Sado & bellringer,are the new scanners any more a threat to my health than the existing ones? I can express my human rights by refusing to be scanned, but why would I? If added security makes it harder for mass murderers to kill innocent people then i think the majority of people will tow the line, I would love to go back to the days when security wasnt an issue but them days are long gone. The threat level is higher now than ever before it only takes 1 terrorist to slip through to cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of casualties. Where would your morals & views on human rights lie then? BIGBDARLO
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12:16am Wed 3 Feb 10

billysaid says...

if they tried to scan a muslim woman,or a muslim man for that matter. there would be hell on,they hide under burka,if they dont show you their face then they may object to showing some perverted custom guy the rest of their body. anyway,whats the point,if they did detect a bomber he would blow them up that tried to arrest anyway. result = bomber 1 0 customs.
if they tried to scan a muslim woman,or a muslim man for that matter. there would be hell on,they hide under burka,if they dont show you their face then they may object to showing some perverted custom guy the rest of their body. anyway,whats the point,if they did detect a bomber he would blow them up that tried to arrest anyway. result = bomber 1 0 customs. billysaid
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