Airport Body Scanner Reveals Genitals
By Kevin Parrish, published on October 14, 2009
" The Manchester Airport is using scanners that can draw 3D genitals.
The Register reports that the UK's Manchester Airport is rejecting claims that its new body scanners break child pornography laws. The complaint was spewed forth by children's civil rights group Action on Rights for Children, its protest based on the capabilities of the airport scanners. The airport admits no wrongdoing, stating that the scanners use X-rays and do not make an image.
Apparently the scanners use low doses of radiation to make 3D black and white scans of volunteer passengers; the devices are currently in a 12-month trial run. The scans can reveal objects concealed beneath their clothes including wallets, combs, pens, and anything else. The scan also reveals genitals.
Currently children aren't scanned without their parents' consent. Despite the limitations of the technology, ARCH isn't thrilled that operators can check out children's privates, image or no image. "It's completely unlawful," said the group's spokeswoman Terri Dowty. "Manchester Airport haven't got a leg to stand on"
According to ARCH, their defense relies on a provision of the Protection of Children Act that specifically outlaws "pseudo-photographs" of children. ARCH has previously campaigned against the scanners, claiming that the technology is "disproportionately" intrusive and removes their right to dignity. "