Heathrow Worker Faces Disciplinary Action for Misusing Full-Body Scanner

30 March 2010 (Last Updated March 30th, 2010 18:30)

A Heathrow Airport security worker has received a police warning and faces disciplinary action after he was found staring at an image of a female colleague in a full-body scanner. This is the first reported case of abuse with full-body scanners after the systems were installed at Heathr

A Heathrow Airport security worker has received a police warning and faces disciplinary action after he was found staring at an image of a female colleague in a full-body scanner.

This is the first reported case of abuse with full-body scanners after the systems were installed at Heathrow and Manchester airports following the failed terrorist attempt on 25 December to blow up a Detroit-bound plane.

The incident occurred at Heathrow's Terminal 5 on March 10, according to Reuters.

A first-instance harassment warning has been issued to the 25-year-old security worker following the incident.

The scanners generate front and back scans of passengers within seconds, creating a computer-aided image for inspection, and thereby streamlining the screening process.

The systems will be used to perform comprehensive screening to detect non-metallic threats and explosives as well as metal objects.