Stansted Airport will begin trialling a new security body scanner as part of a drive to enhance security and improve passenger services.

A walk-through security detects any potential threats and prohibited items carried by a passenger, and alerts security officers in the area if anything is found.

The technology is said to be unobtrusive and provides officers with a generic mannequin-type computer image.

However, it will be mandatory for passengers who are selected for a scan to comply and any passenger refusing to be scanned will not be allowed to travel.

"The trial will start on 25 October 2012 and is due to run for three months."

The ProVision scanner, manufactured by L-3, uses radio frequency millimetre wave technology rather than X-rays or any ionising radiation.

Stansted Airport’s head of terminal John Farrow said that the trial is the next step on the way to further enhancement of our security processes at Stansted.

"Providing a safe and secure airport for all our users will always be the highest priority but the introduction of this quick, effective and safe scan will also significantly improve the passenger’s experience of security searching and provide maximum protection of privacy," Farrow said.

The trial will start on 25 October 2012 and is due to run for three months.