Full-body scanning will soon be introduced as a compulsory security measure at all of Australia’s international airports.
New laws being introduced into Federal Parliament this week mean passengers will have to undergo full-body scans or be banned from flying.
Trials of the scanners were held at Sydney and Melbourne last year and the roll-out at all international airports starts in July. This is part of a NZ$33.5 million security overhaul.
The scanners will show passengers on a screen as stick figures and will detect anything obscured beneath clothing.
Australia’s Government is emphasising to the public that the scanners will not show a person’s sex – passengers will not appear nude on screens – and the system has been approved by the Privacy Commission.
Each image will be discarded after the passenger has passed through security.
A current loophole in legislation means passengers can ask for a pat-down rather than having to pass through a metal detector.
But the Aviation Security Amendment (Screening) Bill 2012 will mean any passenger selected to must comply with a body scan.
Mandatory body scans are necessary to ensure airport security, said Transport Minister Anthony Albanese.