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Melbourne Airport trials new body scanner

Sep 05, 2011

Melbourne Airport is hosting a trial of body scanning technology from 5 – 30 September.

The body scanner trial is part of the Federal Government’s aviation security initiative, and was launched by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese on Friday 2 September.

The body scanner uses low-energy millimetre waves to detect metal and non-metal items under clothing. It identifies where the item is hidden using a generic human outline which appears like a stick figure on a screen. The images are not stored or shared.

The trial is voluntary and will be conducted for international passengers. Passengers who do not want to try the body scanner will proceed through standard screening processes.

The Melbourne trial follows a trial at Sydney International Airport in August.

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