Close sidebar

Body scanners get the go-ahead

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 15, 2012
Parliament has okayed a bill that will see full body scanners installed at all Australian international airports.

The Federal Parliament has passed legislation that will see full body scanners installed at security queues across Australia’s international airports.

The scanners, unlike machines that have proven controversial in the US, display only a generic ‘stick figure’ outline of passengers while highlighting items hidden under clothing.

The federal government flagged plans to roll out the scanners earlier this year following trials at Sydney and Melbourne Airports.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the scanners would be in place by November and will be used beside existing walk-through metal detectors, with passengers required to go through one or the other.

Aside from exemption for certain medical conditions, passengers who refuse to go through the scanners will be barred from flying, Albanese said.

For just $59.95 a year, you can keep up to date with the very best of Australian Aviation each month, directly via our app! Our app is available on mobile, tablet and PC devices. So what are you waiting for? Go digital with Australian Aviation and read up on all missed special coverage, exclusive photos and editions. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year