First Full Body Scanner Operational at Canadian Airport

25 January 2010 (Last Updated January 25th, 2010 18:30)

Pearson International Airport in Canada has installed its first operational full-body scanner in Terminal 1 in a bid to improve security across the country's gateways. The scanner will initially be used for Terminal 1 passengers with a US destination. During a pilot run, the C

Pearson International Airport in Canada has installed its first operational full-body scanner in Terminal 1 in a bid to improve security across the country's gateways.

The scanner will initially be used for Terminal 1 passengers with a US destination.

During a pilot run, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) ordained it as optional for passengers and only adults were being screened.

CATSA ensured the scanned images produced were viewed in a remote room with the viewer being unaware of the identity of the person being screened.

The airport is the first to have installed the full body scanner out of the 44 permanent full body scanners that Transport Canada are expected to buy for Class 1 airports' deployment.

Within a week, 11 out of the 44 scanners are expected to be installed at other priority airports in Canada, while the rest will be installed shortly afterwards.