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Body scanners

About the scanner

When security scanners were originally introduced in 2010, the Department for Transport (DfT) decided no alternative screening method would be offered to those passengers who refused to be screened by a scanner: the so-called 'No Scan, No Fly'€™ policy. This decision was made on operational and security grounds.

An alternative screening method is now in place which will include at least a private search (an enhanced hand-search in private which may involve the loosening and/or removal of clothing). The DfT considers that this alternative offers a comparative security to passengers as being scanned by a security 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

Can I view the image that is produced of me?

Both passengers and staff will be able to see the image generated by the body scanner. The image will not be stored, printed or transmitted and will be deleted as soon as it has been assessed by a security staff member.

Are body scanners safe?

Yes, rigorous testing has certified that body scanners are safe. The millimetre wave scanners which are in use at Edinburgh Airport operate on very low level of electromagnetic technology which is much lower than that emitted by a mobile phone.

What if I am pregnant or undergoing medical treatment?

Scans are quick and safe - even if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker or a cochlear implant (although if you do use a cochlear implant you may find it more comfortable to turn the sound processor off when you'€™re close to the machine).

If you have any questions or concerns about going through one of our body scanners please notify a security staff member. For more information on government legislation on the use of body scanners, please go the DFT website