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Assessing and improving whole body scanners through public involvement

18 January 2011

Tim NissenĀ 

Our study employed public opinion surveys conducted at Terminal 2, Manchester Airport, to identify and assess methods for improving the design and operation of whole body scanners within UK airports.

Results showed high public acceptance for the current whole body scanners (>90%) with a strong preference for them over traditional pat-downs (>80%). On the issue of privacy, respondents overwhelmingly considered whole body scanners to be less intrusive and invasive than pat-downs.

There was no consensus for employing privacy enhancing technologies to modify the
current RapiScan Secure 1000 scanner images, nor to replace human screeners with automated threat detection systems.