Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Airport Other Technologies Are More Effective, Less Intrusive

Posted by Info on 10/03/2010

The use of a full body scanner which reveals graphic details of the human body, including the most private parts of it, very easily is a violation of human rights. It would be a violation of human rights in respect to everyone, but there are particular sensitivities in respect of women, certain religions, certain cultural backgrounds.

But the “hasty decision” by countries to use full body scans following a failed Christmas Day bid by a passenger to explode hidden chemicals on a flight to the U.S. owed more to “a political response to be seen to ‘do something/ Full body scanners are a disproportionate intrusion into privacy when measures are not taken to minimize the negative impact on privacy.”

Other devices were available to detect explosives through clothing or a solid wall without the need to harm privacy. If those devices were used as a first stage to detect explosives, more intrusive measures would then be legitimate to examine suspects.


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