January 6, 2010
Dozens of body scanners will be installed in Canadian airports to comply with new U.S. security protocols, the federal government has confirmed.
Rob Merrifield, minister of state for transport, said 44 scanners will be used on passengers selected for secondary screening at Canadian airports.
CBC News has confirmed that the machines, which can scan through clothing, be installed in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
The system, tested over the last year in B.C. at the Kelowna Airport, allows a screening officer to see whether someone is carrying plastic explosives or other dangerous items.
The plan to use the technology has stirred controversy because the scanner produces a three-dimensional outline of a person’s naked body.
Chantal Bernier, the assistant privacy commissioner, said in October the national air-security agency had successfully answered her office’s questions about the project. Under the plan approved by the privacy chief, the officer would view the image in a separate room and never see the actual traveller.
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