BAA to impose full-body scanners at UK's Heathrow

British airport operator BAA said on Sunday it would move quickly to install full-body scanners at London's Heathrow airport.

BAA to impose full-body scanners at UK's Heathrow

British airport operator BAA said on Sunday it would move quickly to install full-body scanners at London's Heathrow airport.

"Now that the government has given the go-ahead, we will introduce full-body scanners as soon as practical," a spokesman for BAA, owned by Spain's Ferrovial, told Reuters.

He said BAA, which operates six British airports, was just looking at introducing the scanners at Heathrow -- Europe's busiest airport by passenger numbers -- at this stage. He could not give a timetable for their introduction or say how much the move would cost.

Full-body scanners, unlike standard archway metal detectors used in airports around the world, use radio waves to generate a picture of the body that can see through a person's clothing .

However, BAA said last week the introduction of full-body scanners would require a change in European legislation.

But Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday the scanners would be phased in.

"In airports, people will see gradually being brought in the use of full-body scanners. They will see checks for explosive traces. That will be done on hand luggage. Transit passengers will also be checked ...," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr.

"The scanners are already being ordered by British Airports Authority (BAA)," he said.

A trial of full-body scanning has been underway at Britain's Manchester airport, which is not operated by BAA, since October but a spokesman said last week the airport had taken no decision on whether it would use the tool.


Reuters


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