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March 24, 2010

HOW CAN THEY STOP BOMBERS IF THEY CAN'T EVEN STOP AIRPORT WORKERS WITH CAMERAS?

GUARDIAN - The police have issued a warning for harassment against an airport worker after he allegedly took a photo of a female colleague as she went through a full-body scanner at Heathrow airport.

The incident, which occurred at terminal 5 on 10 March, is believed to be the first time an airport worker has been formally disciplined for misusing the scanners. . .

The BAA employee took a photo of his co-worker, Jo Margetson, when she inadvertently went through a scanner.

The incident is likely to reignite privacy concerns over the scanners by civil liberty groups. The Equality and Human Rights Commission last month warned that the government needed to take action to bring its policy for body-scanning passengers at UK airports within the law.

The commission said it had concerns about the apparent absence of safeguards to ensure the scanners were operated in a lawful, fair and non-discriminatory manner. It raised doubts as to whether the decision to install them at all UK airports was legal.


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