Body scanners won’t be used in Dubai
20 July 2010 20:57
Full body scanners, which enable security personnel to see through clothing, will not be used in Dubai’s Emirates’ airports as they do not correspond with national customs and ethics according to reports from the country.
The announcement may encourage other Middle Eastern states to adopt the same approach and refuse to use them in their increasingly busy airports, especially as the scanning technology is not required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The scanners have been implemented and are in use for selected flights in the UK, USA, the Netherlands and Italy. They were originally brought into airports with the support of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after an attempted airline bombing in Detroit last December.
The TSA has urged for 1000 of the scanners to be in place by the end of 2011. But there are many objectors and a number of legal challenges based on privacy grounds, the perceived potential for misuse and the preservation of human dignity. There have also been recent reports that the powerful scanners may increase the risk of cancer in some people, although the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says the scanners have been tested and up to 5,000 scan per person can be carried out safely.
For now, Dubai International Airport will be using their existing security measures of more than 3,200 operational security cameras in its three terminals and will be considering introducing face-recognition technology.
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