07 February 2011
Naked scanner UK
Rob Fisher

In the USA you can walk through the naked scanner or you can choose instead to get your junk touched. In the UK, if you decline to walk through the naked scanner, you get to talk to the police for half an hour and told you can’t get on your flight.

Passengers, who are selected at random for the virtual strip search, were at first allowed to opt for a traditional ‘pat down’ check.

But a government rule change now means anyone who refuses to be scanned is barred from flying.

There does still seem to be a workaround:

Mr Bradshaw [...] now says he will fly from an alternative airport which does not use the technology.


  1. The naked bit is weird, but probably not a factor in choosing an airport.

    But when did X-rays get to be ok?

    Posted by Crosbie on  07 February 2011 at 11:04 pm

  2. Regarding health risks of X-rays, see this letter in which it is argued that the authorities who have deemed these things safe may have got their calculations wrong.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  08 February 2011 at 02:28 pm

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