The hotly-debated use of security scanners in airports took another twist this week after the European Commission gave its backing to the technology, claiming it is an effective security measure against terrorism.
A report issued by the organisation said it believes there is a real benefit in using the technology to provide increased passenger security.
The EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas said that although scanners "are not a panacea, they do offer a real possibility to further reinforce passenger security", but he added that a common approach was needed to ensure harmonisation across Europe.
"Security scanners are being used by an increasing number of member states across the EU but at the moment their use falls outside the scope of EU law so they are used in member states in different ways," he said.
"It is for each Member State to decide to authorise the use of scanners in national airports. That will not change. But where this scanning technology is used it should be covered by EU-wide standards on detection capability as well common safeguards to ensure compliance with EU health and fundamental rights provisions."
The backing from the EU will come as a serious blow to numerous privacy groups who had campaigned against the use of scanners, arguing they made every traveler a suspect and infringed on the human rights of citizens.
"Any invasion of privacy has to be justified. Of course I want the airport to be secure. If a person is suspicious I want the airport to use every means to check them out, but the idea that every person is a suspect is writing an open cheque to the security industry," said, director of Privacy International Simon Davies in January.
The rise in the use of security scanners came after a terrorist tried to explode a bomb on a flight between Amsterdam and Detroit on Christmas Day last year.
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