South Korea Introduces Body Scanners at Airports

5 July 2010 (Last Updated July 5th, 2010 18:30)

South Korea has begun testing six full-body scanners at major international airports in the country in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks. The body scanners, manufactured by British and US companies, have been installed at four international airports at Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae and Jeju,

South Korea has begun testing six full-body scanners at major international airports in the country in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks.

The body scanners, manufactured by British and US companies, have been installed at four international airports at Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae and Jeju, according to AFP.

The airports are expected to begin using the scanners by the end of July after a month-long test operation and education.

In response to criticism from the National Human Rights Commission, the transport ministry said the images created by scanners will be destroyed in order to maintain passenger's privacy.

Passengers at the airport can also opt for manual screening.