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Newcastle the first airport in Australia to trial brand new body scanner-Airport_News



From late November to mid-December 2016 Newcastle Airport will be the trial airport for new body scanning technology. Unlike body scanners you’re probably familiar with that are in other Australian airports—the ones that are a booth and make you raise your arms while a mechanical arm rotates around you—the Quick Personal Security Scanner is open to the surroundings where all you need to do is stand and hold your arms slightly away from your body. The scan takes just seconds to complete.




This new technology will assist in processing passengers with medical conditions that restrict movement and streamline the process for those passengers who volunteer to take part in the trial.


The graphic that the security staff see is a simple outline of a human body; it has no identifying features, meaning there’s no need to worry about your privacy. If the scanner reports an alarm, the location of the object is marked on a generic graphic of the human body. The person will then undergo a standard pat down. Body scanners use millimetre wave technology, not x-ray. The trial is open to any passengers who would like to take part.


FAQs

What are body scanners?

Body scanners are the most advanced passenger screening technology available and can detect a range of sophisticated threats on a person’s body or within their clothing. Body scanners can detect both metallic and non-metallic items, including prohibited items, components of improvised explosive devices and weapons. A new series of body scanner is being trialled by Newcastle Airport to enhance the passenger’s experience with an open, transparent scanning environment, easy to hold body posture (with arms down), and an extremely short scan time. 

How will people be selected for a body scan?

During the trial, the use of the Body Scanner will be voluntary. In most cases this will be customers who require secondary screening ie for medical needs. If a customer identifies themselves as someone with a metallic joint or internal medical device, they will be offered to be screened through the body scanner. Selection will not be based on race, age, or religion.

Is it safe?

The body scanner device poses no health hazard whatsoever. It operates on millimetre wave technology which omits frequencies much less than a mobile phone emission. If the scanner reports an alarm, the location of the object is marked on a generic graphic of the human body-- with no identifying features--preserving your privacy.

What if I can’t go through the scanner for health reasons?

The scanner’s new technology means a passenger is not required to raise their arms or turn around during screening. This makes for a more pleasant experience for those suffering medical conditions or with medical implants that don’t allow them to move easily through existing scanning equipment.

Will children be selected for a body scan?

Participation in the trial is voluntary. There is no age limit.
 
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