Manchester Airport trials 'naked X-ray machine'
Tue, 13 Oct, 2009
Manchester Airport is to trial a new X-ray machine that is able to see through clothes from today.
Officials at Manchester Airport say it will quickly reveal any hidden weapons or explosives and should speed up security checks.
The machine has been introduced at Terminal 2 and passengers will no longer have to take off their shoes, coats and belts as they go through security checks.
Sarah Barrett, head of customer experience at Manchester Airport, addressed concerns that the scans would be intrusive.
"The images are not erotic or pornographic and they cannot be stored or captured in any way," she said.
Ms Barrett added passengers would not be at risk from radiation when passing through the scanner and could safely pass through the machine up to 5,000 times a year without feeling any effect.
Manchester Airport is the third largest in the UK, serving over 200 destinations across the world.