Belfast International Airport passengers to be randomly body scanned

The system has already been rolled out at other UK airports

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Non-invasive body scanning for some passengers travelling from Belfast International Airport will begin later this week.

It is being introduced in response to new regulations by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The equipment will be used alongside existing security processes. The airport said it would make the search process more efficient and less intrusive for passengers.

It will begin on 8 September.

Belfast International Airport said the technology could detect a wide range of potential threats.

It said equipment safeguards privacy, is safe for passengers and meets the latest DfT requirements for enhanced levels of aviation security.

Passengers will either be randomly selected for scanning or checked upon activation of the normal security tests.

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They will pass through the scanner which will produce a generic, mannequin-style diagram, highlighting those areas where items that need to be further checked out are being carried.

The airport said the scanner did not create images of the person being scanned, and the diagram produced was automatically deleted after it was cleared by a security officer.

The scanner being used has been approved by the government and does not pose any risk to health.

John Doran, managing director of Belfast International Airport, said: "Airport security is of paramount importance and we are committed to ensuring the safety and security of the millions of passengers who use Belfast International Airport every year.

"The technology employed by the scanner we are rolling out is designed in such a way that it maintains the aviation security in line with the latest government requirements whilst also maintaining the privacy of the passenger.

"We will be providing travellers with explanatory leaflets containing information on the scanner and the background to its introduction."

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