Italy to Stop Full-Body Scanning at Airports

28 September 2010 (Last Updated September 28th, 2010 18:30)

The Italian Government has decided to stop the use of full-body scanners at airports, branding them slow and ineffective, following a six-month test. Italy has stopped the use of such scanners in the airports of Rome, Venice and the southern city of Palermo and is considering stopping

The Italian Government has decided to stop the use of full-body scanners at airports, branding them slow and ineffective, following a six-month test.

Italy has stopped the use of such scanners in the airports of Rome, Venice and the southern city of Palermo and is considering stopping their use at the airport in Milan as well.

Measures adopted to address privacy concerns over the use of the scanners have reduced the machines' effectiveness in identifying arms and explosives, according to smh.com.au.

Italian aviation authority president Vito Riggio said the devices have not performed well during testing as time taken to examine a person was more than manual inspection.

A final decision on the use of the machines is pending.