90 percent Brits 'happy' with use of full-body scanners at UK airports

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London, Apr 13(ANI): A poll has revealed that a majority of Brits are happy to use the new full-body scanners deployed at airports across the country.

According to Unisys, as many as 90 percent of the 977 people surveyed in UK are happy to use the controversial scanners.

The survey also revealed that 91 percent of the UK public would be willing to readily submit biometric data, such as iris scans and fingerprints, to identify them when travelling by air.

The figure of the scanner's acceptance in UK is far higher than in any other of the 11 countries in the survey. In total 10,000 people took part in the poll.

Only 45 percent of people in Hong Kong supported the use of the new scanners, while support was even lower in Mexico, with only 24 percent in favour.

"With airport operator BAA also reporting positive responses to the full-body scanners, it appears that the early controversy surrounding the technology has died down and people are taking a pragmatic approach to their safety," The Daily Express quoted Neil Fisher, Unisys Vice-President, as saying.

"The question is has the country done enough to subvert another terrorist plot? What we have done so far is react to threats as they occur, rather than take a holistic view of the threat," he added.

Apart from the UK, Hong Kong and Mexico, the poll involved Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the USA. (ANI)

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