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European Union BANS full body airport scanners over safety concerns… so why are they still allowed in the US?

By Larisa Brown  17th September 2012.

Scanners use X-ray technology to show up hidden explosives or weapons
Fears machines could emit harmful levels of cancer-causing radiation
European report said risk ‘close to zero’ but bosses still failed to give go-ahead

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Controversial airport ‘strip-search’ full body scanners are to be scrapped after they failed to get approval from European bosses.

Experts feared the ‘naked’ body scanners, which use X-ray technology to show up hidden explosives or weapons, could emit harmful levels of cancer-causing radiation.

The move in Europe begs the question — why are they still allowed in the United States? Hundreds of the devices are in use at at least 68 airports across the nation.

Controversial: A demonstration of the scanners that European bosses have failed to give approval of. A full body scan is shown, left, and a screen showing the results of the scan, rightControversial: A demonstration of the scanners that European bosses have failed to give approval of. A full body scan is shown, left, and a screen showing the results of the scan, right

New trials of the device, which display a ‘naked’ image of the person being scanned – were blocked by the European Commission last November.

But Manchester Airport, the only airport in Europe using the $130,000 machines, was told it could continue using them for another year.

Now, after the machines have come to the end of their three year trial, European Commission chiefs have failed to give their approval for their full time use.

EC bosses eventually declared the risk was ‘close to zero’ in a report in May — and Manchester airport expected the technology would be approved for permanent use.

But bosses were left waiting for the green light and now say they have been left with no option but to axe the 16 security machines because Brussels legislation does not allow security trials to exceed a three-year period.

As Manchester airport introduced the scanners as part of a security pilot in October 2009, they will have to scrap the machines at the end of next month.

The scanners have been controversial among flyers since they were introduced in force at US airports in 2010.

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