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Passengers must not be forced through 'naked' bodyscanners

July 5, 2011 4:37 PM

The European Parliament will today debate and tomorrow vote on a report on prospective EU rules for the use of 'naked' bodyscanners at EU airports. MEPs are demanding that they be equal decision-makers in setting such rules.

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford said:

"MEPs must stand firm in insisting that passengers' privacy is protected by outlawing bodyscanners producing naked body images and only permitting those generating 'stick-figure' representations."

"Passengers must be allowed everywhere to opt out of naked body scanning - as they can in the United States and in the trials in the Netherlands and Germany - and choose to undergo a physical hand-search instead."

"This option is not currently offered in the UK airports trialling nude bodyscanners and passengers refusing to go through them are denied boarding, as Dr Tony Aguirre found at Manchester airport last week. I hope that the UK will reconsider this position or otherwise that EU rules will specify an option."