Bill Requires Passengers To Submit to Scanning
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALANDFebruary 10, 2012
After successful trials in Sydney and Melbourne last year, the Australian government will introduce legislation this week to implement full body scanning in all Australian airports, and some are taking issue with the bill's absence of an opt-out for travellers, reports ABC. Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the scanners are "perfectly safe" and will show a generic outline of a body--only identifying "the spot on the outline where there's something that needs to be checked." Civil liberties advocates say the public should have another option to the scanner--such as a pat-down as in Europe and the U.S.--and are bringing into question the effectiveness of the scanners. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Transport Minister says his office will be monitoring the efficacy of the scanners.