European Union unveils new rules on airport body scanners

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Brussels, Nov 15: The European Union (EU) has implemented new guidelines on the use of security scanners at airports to protect the privacy and health of passengers.

According to Xinhua report, according to the new law, European Union member states are not obliged to deploy body scanners, but if they do, these will have to comply with EU-level standards.

"Security scanners are not a panacea but they do offer a real possibility to reinforce passenger security. Security scanners are a valuable alternative to existing screening methods and are very efficient in detecting both metallic and non-metallic objects," said Siim Kallas, the EU commissioner for transport.

As per the new rule, only security scanners which do not use X-ray technology can be used at EU airports in view of citizen's health and safety.

However, concerns over privacy and health have delayed their implementation across the continent. Only Britain and the Netherlands are currently using security scanners, while France, Italy, Finland and other countries have tested them.

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