ABTA is advising members on the introduction of body scanners at Heathrow and Manchester airports, with Birmingham airport to follow and roll-out at other airports in the coming months.The Secretary of State for Transport reported that while the security situation has meant that the introduction of the scanners has gone ahead, the Government will consult publicly on their use.
ABTA’s chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “In the immediate future, only a small proportion of airline passengers will be affected by the new scanners. It is important that new security measures are introduced proportionately and correctly so that the privacy and dignity of passengers are not compromised. We will continue to help our members to inform their customers of any new developments, so that they know what to expect when they arrive at airports.”
The Department of Transport has introduced an Interim Code of Practice covering privacy, health and safety, data protection and equality issues. It can be seen at www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/security/aviation/airport/bodyscanners/