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Changi Airport tests scanners that don't show too much body

Published on May 3, 2013 7:25 AM
A US Transportation Security Administration employee testing the new body scanning technology. The new software detects items with potential threat and displays them on an outline of a generic stick figure instead of using passenger-specific body contours, which had raised privacy concerns. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A NEW type of body scanner that addresses privacy concerns by producing generic stick-figure images instead of body contours will be tested at Changi Airport.

The machine, which will be tried out on random flights at Terminal 3, can detect weapons, explosives, drugs and other contraband items concealed on the body. It could be in use by as early as next month.

A police spokesman told The Straits Times that other details, such as whether body screening will be made compulsory or if alternative scanning methods will be available, have not been worked out.

Singapore Airlines spokesman Nicholas Ionides said the airline - the biggest carrier at Terminal 3 - will continue to cooperate with airport authorities in their efforts to enhance safety.

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