The last remaining full-body X-ray airport scanners are to be scrapped within weeks.
The security systems, which have been tested at air terminals since 2009, scan through passengers’ clothes, creating a detailed ghost-like image of the naked body. The scan is then viewed by security staff.
Critics said the machines invaded passengers’ privacy and the radiation they generate raised the risk of cancer. Some Muslim groups also refused to walk through them on religious grounds.
Airport bosses who were waiting for the green light on the machines now say they have been left with no option but to remove them.
The scanners will be replaced with ‘privacy-friendly’ machines which use radio-frequency technology