Manchester Airport replaces traditional pat down search

Manchester Airport replaces traditional pat down search

Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 will become the first in Europe to replace hand searching with body scanners after it secures an agreement with the European Commission. The move follows a successful trial of a body scanner in Terminal 2 that began in October 2009 and became a compulsory part of secondary security screening in February 2010. The scanners will not be installed in Terminals 1 and 3 as originally announced, until the results of the new trial in T2 are ascertained. Sarah Barrett, Head of Customer Experience at Manchester Airport, said: “The decision gives us an opportunity to improve our security procedure for the benefit of our customers which is exactly why we began using the scanner back in October. So far over 40,000 people have been through the scanner and it’s becoming another vital part of the security procedure here at Manchester. We have continued to reiterate that the image generated cannot be stored or captured nor can security officers viewing the images recognise people. The decision from the European Commission means that we can use the scanners as we originally envisaged to quicken the process for our customers.”

Gary Marshall
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