How does the security scanner work?
The scanner uses harmless millimetre-waves (common radio-frequency signals) which reflect off objects at extremely low power levels. These signals pass through clothing but do not penetrate the body. The system then creates a 3-D silhouette (a stick like figure) of a passenger’s body, rather than an actual image so it is impossible to identify anybody. The scan takes less than 10 seconds.
If you have a metal limb/implant, please advise a Security Officer at the earliest opportunity and where possible, travel with a confirmation note from your GP. If you cannot walk through the metal detector you will be hand searched. You will not need to do anything in advance of your travelling date. If you wish for a private search, you may request one from the Security Officer.
The system creates a 3-D silhouette (a stick like figure) of the passenger’s body, rather than an actual image so it is impossible to identify anybody. It will identify any items on the figure that require further investigation. Our vetted and trained security staff may view the images. Passengers may also see their image. The images are deleted immediately after analysis and cannot be recovered.
A passenger can request that their image is viewed by a security officer of the same gender. The Airport must meet this request as quickly as possible.