Italy to ditch airport body scanners


Italy’s government is looking to abandon the use of full-body scanners at its major airports, after a six-month trial period has deemed them too slow and ineffective.

The scanners in Rome, Venice and Palermo are no longer operational and Milan is likely to stop their use in the near future, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported, appearing in The Sydney Morning Herald.

"We didn’t get good results from body scanners during testing, it takes a long time to examine a person, more than with a manual inspection," president of Italy’s aviation authority, Vito Riggio, said.

Officials also believe measures taken to address privacy concerns over the use of the scanners have dampened the machines’ effectiveness at locating arms and explosives.

A final decision on the use of the machines will be taken by a government commission.

The scanners require passengers to walk through a regular metal detector frame before entering a three-by-two-metre scanner cabin, where low-frequency electromagnetic waves locate objects on their person.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C
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