Body scanners introduced at Melbourne Airport
Dec 10, 2012
As part of the Federal Government’s $200 million Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative, body scanners are now operating at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal.
The body scanners are operating in Melbourne’s international departures terminal in conjunction with the walk through metal detectors. Passengers will be randomly selected to be screened by either the new body scanners or the walk through metal detectors.
The body scanners represent the most advanced screening technology available and can detect both metallic and non-metallic items. Body scanners are currently used for aviation screening in the United Kingdom, Canada, Thailand, the Netherlands and the United States of America.
The body scanners emit 10,000 times less radio frequency energy than an average mobile phone call, and also protect the privacy of passengers with only a generic figure displayed.
Passengers should note that if they are randomly selected for a body scan, those who refuse to undergo the body scan, and do not have a valid medical or physical condition, will be not permitted to board their flight. This also applies to airport staff, pilots and cabin crew.
Melbourne Airport is one of eight international airports in Australia to introduce body scanners, following the passing of the Aviations Transport Security Amendment (Screening Bill) by the Federal Parliament in August. A successful trial of body scanning equipment was also held at Melbourne and Sydney in 2011.