EU commissioner warms up for body scanner probe
Another voice joins chorus of disapproval
The European Commissioner for Transport, vice-presendent Siim Kallas, is preparing a report on body scanners for the European Parliament.
The perv-scanners are currently in use in Holland and the UK, but Kallas favours European-wide regulation of the devices. The EC was going to include the scanners in its approved list of security screening techniques, but opposition from the European Parliament on privacy grounds forced the Commission to leave scanners off the list.
The issue will be discussed at La Coruna, Spain, when transport ministers meet next week. Then Kallas will prepare a report looking at the privacy, health and security implications of the technology.
Kallas said there had been no failure to meet EU security standards at Schipol Airport on 25 December (when the pants bomber boarded his flight to the US). Instead there had been a failure of intelligence and a failure to "join the dots".
Kallas warned body scanners were not the final answer to airport security.
He said: "Airport security is a much larger question than the introduction of a new screening technology.
"To fight terrorism targeting civil aviation we need a large variety of combined and coordinated measures – intelligence, profiling, different search methods and international cooperation. Body scanners are not the panacea."
The UK scanners were rushed into operation following a Gordon Brown speech. The move was criticised by the head of Interpol, the European Court of Human Rights and Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media. ®
What REALLY worries me...
Is that there's absolutely NO WAY I'm going to allow myself to be perve scanned at an air-port, it's wrong on so many levels, never going to happen...
However, it's only a matter of time before my company asks me to travel again by air, either domestically or over-seas, what then? What ablout my next holiday?
Not only is my privacy being trampled on but my career prospects and general quality of life as well =OC
Next time I fly, there'll be some poor TSA bastard on the floor clawing his eyes and screaming.
But seriously, though, I have sworn off flying, and work knows I will only drive or use a train if they want me to get somewhere.
I'll not have my money (or work's money on my behalf) paying for this security theatre. And yes, I will quit over it.
He sounds like he knows something about this subject
Which beats the planks who introduced them.
Thumbs up for him, thumbs down to this crap brained farce.