From September 2012, Edinburgh Airport will be introducing scanners to help boost security and keep you (and the airport) safe.
Download the Body Scanners leaflet
About the scanner
- Safe millimeter-wave technology
- Automatic detection of concealed threats and contraband
- Multi-material detection- reveals any concealed objects such as metals, ceramics, plastics, liquids, narcotics, etc.
- Instant detection results
- Supports rapid processing of people through the checkpoint
Who will be scanned?
Passengers are selected at random or when there is a particular security concern, such as the activation of a metal detector.
Can passengers opt out of being scanned?
No. If you’re asked to have a scan and refuse to do so, you will not be able to board your flight and continue your journey. And, because this is part of the security process, our staff cannot make any exceptions to this rule.
Can I view the image that is produced of me?
A member of staff will be with you throughout the process and you’ll both be able to see the image generated by the scan – which will be deleted as soon as it’s been assessed and cannot be retrieved after the process is completed.
Do children have to be scanned?
Yes. If selected, children will be required to be scanned.
Are they safe?
Independent testing has certified that the energy levels on a person being scanned are well below all internationally recognised standards, and because the scanner is an open unit, even if you suffer from claustrophobia you’ll be fine having a scan.
What if I am pregnant or undergoing medical treatment?
Scans are quick and safe – even if you’re pregnant, use a pacemaker or have cochlear implants (although if you do have cochlear implants you may find it more comfortable to turn off the sound processor when you’re near the machine).
Where can I find out more?
More information about body scanners can be found on the Department for Transport website at www.dft.gov.uk/publications/information-on-the-implementation-of-security-scanners/