Full body scanners now compulsory for Manchester air passengers

14 October 2010 by

Full body scanners are to become the only security option for people flying out of Manchester Airport, the BBC reports today. The excessive amount of coverage given to the disapproval expressed by civil liberties groups has now been counterbalanced by passengers’ attitudes, since it appears that people actually prefer the scanners to the full body pat down, and have been voting with their feet.

According to Manchester Airport, 95% of travellers prefer the scanners and queuing times have been radically reduced. It takes  2 minutes to undergo a pat down, but a mere 27 seconds to pass through a scanner.

In the somewhat overblown debate about this technology it seems to have been overlooked that people are scanned for security reasons at many different sensitive locations, and as for human rights, it does not take much thought to enumerate the various and severe infringements of our rights to autonomy and liberty that we are accept the minute we enter the check-in queue, in order to enjoy the privilege of fast jet travel. In reality, business travelers and others are more concerned about long waits at security checkpoints and whether the resulting delays may impact flight schedules.

Read more:


  1. adam says:

    Los Alamos scientist says backscatter (Terahertz Wave) `has the potential to “unzip” your DNA. Going to send your kid through that in order to enjoy a trip to Disneyworld?


  2. Mik says:

    Great all those people will wonder why they are all dying of cancer in 10 years. Imagine getting radiated 2 or 3 times a week all year long.

    The post is slanted “voting with there feet”, the pat down is made to be awful so people just give in – little do they know.

  3. Wimpie says:

    You have the unconditional RIGHT to opt-out in the USA
    I won’t be going to England EVER AGAIN!
    Click on my name above or go to:
    for important radiological safety and privacy information and actual images from this technology, not the lame images that TSA is propagating.

Comments are closed.

Welcome to the UKHRB

This blog is run by 1 Crown Office Row barristers' chambers. Subscribe for free updates here. The blog's editorial team is:
Commissioning Editor: Jonathan Metzer
Editorial Team: Rosalind English
Angus McCullough QC David Hart QC
Martin Downs
Jim Duffy

Free email updates

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog for free and receive weekly notifications of new posts by email.




This blog is maintained for information purposes only. It is not intended to be a source of legal advice and must not be relied upon as such. Blog posts reflect the views and opinions of their individual authors, not of chambers as a whole.

Our privacy policy can be found on our ‘subscribe’ page or by clicking here.

%d bloggers like this: