This morning I visited Manchester Airport to discuss security issues and see the controversial new full body scanners. After the attempted terrorist attack over Christmas there has been further tightening of security at airports and there is now a real prospect of making the full body scanning compulsory.
Personally I have no objection to using the full body scanner, but at the same time I also don’t have a problem with being physically searched by a member of staff. I was a bit disappointed that they wouldn’t put me through the scanner, but of course the scanning has to remain anonymous, and if I was the only person going through, it would have been pretty obvious that it was me.
There are clearly some people who really object to the scanner, and there are some questions being asked about the legality of children going through it, but the general view seems to be that it will become compulsory (if you want to fly), whether we like it or not. I would be really interested to hear what people think about this.