London, Feb 02 (ANI): Brit jails are set to introduce bottom scanners in a bid to tackle a surge in mobile phone smuggling in prison.
The 6,500-pound chairs are being put in 102 jails across Britain in an attempt to stop prisoners smuggling mobile phones into jail.
The chairs, called Body Orifice Security Scanners (Boss), have three sensitive sensors, which can detect metal items as small as a pin.
Resembling an electric chair, they have a metal detector on the seat and audio and visual alarms are activated when metal is carried into the magnetic field.
Prisoners will have to sit on the chairs, which bleep if they have a phone hidden inside them.
They are then scanned in a non-intrusive manner and can also be used to detect drugs and weapons.
The procedure takes a few seconds.
Until now, two of the Boss devices have helped detect 21 mobile phones in just months at Woodhill prison, in Milton Keynes.
"This is a valuable tool towards identifying mobile phones," the Telegraph quoted Prisons Minister David Hanson, as saying.
"We want to prevent mobile phones coming in, prevent contact with drug runners on the outside, prevent intimidation and prevent individuals running criminal activities from inside," he added. (ANI)