Legislation has been introduced for full body scanners to be used in Australian airports. Unlike in the US and Europe, there will be no opt outs available. The scan is basically like a “digital strip search”. Civil Liberties Austrailia states that passengers should be able to request a pat-down instead. This option is available in the US. These scans are a major violation of civil rights and privacy and are not proven to guarantee the protection that is argued to be necessary by the governments implementing them. There was evidence that a handgun was smuggled through a full body scanner without detection. Are the machine worth the money and invasion of privacy? This is not a question that can be easily answered.
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