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Australia approves internal body scanner


Published on Jul 8, 2011

New technology intended to detect smugglers carrying drugs internally...

Australian parliament this week approved the use of x-ray body scanners in airports in a bid to prevent drug trafficking. The amendment to the Customs Act 1901 clears the way for a year-long trial at airports across Australia. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor has assured the public that travellers would not be scanned at random. Only those suspected of carrying drugs internally would be scanned after giving their consent to do so.

“Body scanning technology will not be used on all travellers or used randomly – it will only be used where there is a reasonable suspicion that a person is carrying drugs internally.”

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