In accordance with DfT regulations, a new body scanner has been installed in LCY central search and will begin to be used with randomly-selected passengers from September 1.
The ‘eqo Millimeter Wave Scanner’ is the latest in security-screening technology, scanning passengers quickly, easily and unobtrusively. Although the scanning process is obligatory for those passengers who are selected, it can also be chosen by passengers in preference to a ‘pat down’ search. The scan - which takes a matter of seconds - displays a generic mannequin figure with no distinguishing features.
The scanner uses millimeter wave imaging to produce the image, which will highlight any concealed, potentially threatening, objects. Millimetre wave technology is harmless and the scanner can be used by anyone, regardless of any medical or physical condition, who is able to stand in the scanner.
Frequently Asked Questions
The scanner represents the future of security search, and is being installed in accordance with DfT regulations.
The scanner uses millimetre wave technology to produce an outline image of the passenger’s body, highlighting any concealed objects.
Passengers are selected completely at random – the selection process is not linked to ethnicity, nationality, religious persuasion or final destination.
The passenger steps in to the machine, and, while they are in the machine, will be asked to turn around. The process takes a matter of seconds and an outline image is produced immediately.
Yes. The scanner poses no risk to anyone using it, regardless of medical or other physical condition.
Yes. The image is a generic image without distinguishing features which, in any case, is not retained.
No. No-one is exempt from scanning if they are selected, unless they are physically unable to stand in the scanner. Children can hold their parents’ hands while using the scanner.
You will not be allowed to fly.
No-one is exempt from being scanned if they are randomly selected.