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Security Expert: Scanners Invasive, Ineffective

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

May 13, 2011

An airport security expert says body scanners at Australian airports, expected later this year, are the "ultimate intrusion of privacy" and will "provide a placebo feeling of security." In an Adelaide Now Q&A, Roger Henning of Homeland Security Asia-Pacific says that travellers have "zero" rights when it comes to the scanners and that refusing to be scanned will result in a full-scale pat-down, despite the Department of Infrastructure and Transport's assertion that pat-downs will be permission based. Australian authorities have said that the body scanners will be less privacy invasive than those deployed in the U.S., displaying only a generic image of a traveller.
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