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Body Scanning to commence at BNE

4 December 2012


As part of the Federal Government’s rollout of body scanning at eight international gateway airports, body scanning technology will come on line at Brisbane Airport from tonight.


The introduction of the scanners comes after the Federal Parliament passed the Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Screening) Bill on 15 August. The legislation provides for the introduction of new body scanners, following a successful trial of the technology in Sydney and Melbourne.


From tonight, the new body scanners will operate alongside existing walk through metal detectors at the Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal and passengers will be required to be screened by one or the other.


Body scanners represent the most advanced passenger screening technology available and provide an extra layer of random security screening to help identify a variety of sophisticated threats that cannot be detected by existing screening technology.


The Australian Government advises that:

  • this type of body scanner uses non-ionising radio frequency energy in the millimetre-wave spectrum, similar to mobile phones and wireless network devices. This means that it does not use ionising radiation such as X-rays. One body scan emits 10,000 times less radio frequency energy than an average mobile phone call.
  • the type of body scanner used here protects your privacy. Software in the machine automatically analyses the data from the scan and uses a generic human outline that is the same for all passengers. This means that nobody has to look at a raw or detailed image. Once you have been scanned and cleared, the screen display is deleted and cannot be saved.


Members of the public can find further information about Body Scanning here:


Any person, including airport staff, pilots and cabin crew, may be selected to undergo a body scan on a random basis and those who refuse a body scan without a valid medical or physical condition will not be permitted to board their flight.


Body scanners are used for aviation security screening in several other countries including the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand and the Netherlands.

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