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Irish airports have ruled out high-tech scanners

FULL body scanners are not on the cards in the near future for Irish airports despite the ongoing terror threat.

The Department of Transport confirmed the introduction of full-body scans "hasn't been mooted at the moment" for Irish airports.

This confirmation comes as Britain ordered the immediate introduction of the scanners at Heathrow, after an attempted bomb attack in the US on Christmas Day. Each body scanner will cost €100,000.



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The technology is expected to be rolled out to other British airports within weeks, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown saying such a move was "essential" to tackle the new terrorist threat.

It is thought the scanners could detect the type of explosives smuggled onto a plane which left Amsterdam bound for the US. It is understood the scanners will initially operate alongside metal detectors, and will be in use for all flights in and out of Britain.



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Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the aviation security section at the Irish Department of Transport said security was tight. "We feel the security is up to EU and international standards, it is strong in the airports. Any new development would have to come from the gardai to the Department, as far as I am aware that hasn't happened yet," the spokesman said.

Opposition transport spokesman Fergus O'Dowd said there was "no choice" in the matter and increased security at airports, including full-body scans, was essential.

"What happened on Christmas Day is a lesson to everybody," the Fine Gael TD said.

jlast@herald.ie


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