Australia Becomes First To Ban Travelers Who Refuse Naked Body Scanners

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.
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