Stansted to trial new scanner

Stansted Airport in Essex is to trial a new state-of-the-art body scanner.

Security staff will be able to see an outline image of passengers who have activated the walk-through security arches leading to departures. The image will show where the arch has detected any concealed items.

The airport says the new scanner will provide a less-intrusive method of security screening by reducing the need for pat-down searches. It also says that no images will be saved or be retrievable at a later date.

The trial will start on Thursday and is due to run for three months. Passengers who are selected for a scan will have to comply with the scans, or they will not be allowed to travel.

"The trial of new body scanning technology is the next step on the way to further enhancing our security processes at Stansted.

"Providing a safe and secure airport for all our users will always be the highest priority but the introduction of this quick, effective and safe scan will also significantly improve the passenger's experience of security searching and provide maximum protection of privacy."

– John Farrow, Head of Terminal at Stansted Airport