Security Expert: Scanners Invasive, Ineffective
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIAMay 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.