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People happy to use airport full-body scanners - survey

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The scanners produce a detailed image of passengers at airports

Nine out of 10 British people are happy to use full-body scanners being rolled out at UK airports, a survey suggests.

The poll of 10,000 people, including 977 Britons, by IT firm Unisys, found acceptance of the scanners was highest in the UK out of the 11 countries.

One in three surveyed in Germany and Belgium objected, and only 45% in Hong Kong and 24% in Mexico were in favour.

There has been some criticism of the scanners over privacy, as they produce body-length "unclothed" images.

The survey also found 91% of the Britons asked would be happy to provide biometric data - such as iris scans and fingerprints - to identify them at airports.

Vice-president of global security solutions at Unisys Neil Fisher said: "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 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 an holistic view of the threat."

The survey involved people from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the US.



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