The UK Government has said that children selected by security personnel will have to go through new full-body scanners installed at major airports in the country.
UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis revealed the move while announcing a consultation on a code of conduct for the scanners, according to Telegraph.co.uk.
The code requires all children who are selected to be screened using the scanners; to do otherwise would risk undermining the effect of the new measures.
Staff have been trained in how to conduct their duties in a sensitive and proportionate manner, the code said.
Civil rights activists raised concerns that the use of scanned images will be illegal under the 1978 Protection of Children Act.
The code, however, said the Act also has a section dealing with the processes necessary for the prevention, detection or investigation of crime.
The UK Government installed the scanners at major UK airports after the failed terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound aircraft on 25 December last year.