Tue, Jan 19, 2010
Use Of Full Body Scanners 'Inevitable'
People traveling by air in Europe
can expect more stringent security measures, the Spanish Presidency
of the European Union said over the weekend.
Spain currently holds the rotating Presidency of the EU. Prime
Minster Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told the newspaper El Pais
that the Christmas Day attempt to bring down a U.S.-bound jetliner
has "forced us to consider reinforcing air transport security."
The international news service AFP reports that full body
scanner technology will be at the center of discussions held
between EU interior ministers and Janet Napolitano, secretary for
Homeland Security, at what are described as "informal" talks in
Toledo, Spain this week. "What we will do as the Spanish presidency
is seek a common position among the 27 (EU members). And it's
probable that this position is heading towards reinforcing
passenger checks in airports," Zapatero said.
Britain and the Netherlands have already announced they will
start using full body scanners at airports. France and Italy say
they will evaluate the devices, and the Czech Republic has also
expressed support for the scanners, which can see through
clothes. Other nations have taken a slower approach.
Still, Spanish Transport Minister Jose Balnco said their
eventual use in Europe is "inevitable" in remarks made last week,
though others have said privacy issues remain a major concern.
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