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Scanner Sex Abuse at Airports 2010-03-25

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Intolerance.
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An Heathrow security man was quizzed by police after ogling a girl colleague ‘naked’ in a new anti-terror body scanner.

Ms.Jo. Margetson, 29, reported Mr.John Laker, 25, after he took her picture with the X-ray style gadget and made a lewd comment.

The pervy guard leered and told her:

‘I love those gigantic tits.’

She had entered the X-ray style machine by mistake — and was horrified when Mr.Laker pressed a button to take a revealing photo.

Mr.Laker, who faces the sack, was the first airport worker to be caught abusing the controversial new devices.

They were brought in by ‘The UK Government’ after ‘The Christmas Day Underpants Bomber’ tried to blow up a flight to Detroit, USA.

They produce full-body ‘nude’ images of passengers to locate hidden weapons or explosives.

  • This includes clear outlines of genitalia.

[Picture of airport scanner images]

Opponents of the scanners, including anti-paedophile groups, have furiously condemned their use.

After Mr.Laker sneaked a look at her body and made the remark, horrified Jo told her bosses and police at the West London airport. Both work for airport operator BAA.

Last night Jo told ‘The Sun newspaper’ at her home in Stanwell, Middlesex:

[Picture of Jo Margetson]
‘I can’t bear to think about the body scanner thing.

‘I’m totally traumatised. I’ve spoken to the police about it. I’m in too much of a state to go to work.’

Mr.Laker was questioned by cops and on Monday was given a formal warning for harassment, which is one level below a caution.

Critics of the body scanners had warned of just such an abuse. Barrister Mr.Alex Deane, director of ‘Big Brother Watch‘, said:

[Picture of Alex Deane]
‘When privacy-invading machines are installed at our airports, abuses like this are inevitable.

‘We are disturbed to hear of this case, which will lead to greater calls for these scanners to be banned.

‘For every official caught ogling like this, there are plenty more eyeing up law-abiding travellers.

‘These expensive machines are totally disproportionate.”

Civil rights group ‘Action On Rights For Children‘ claimed the scanners could breach laws against indecent images of children, and ‘The Equality and Human Rights Commission‘ has claimed they may breach privacy rights.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis defended their use. He said:

[Picture of Lord Adonis, Transport Secretary]

‘A pat-down search is intrusive but people accept that.

‘A body scanner is in the same category; images are deleted and staff are properly trained and supervised’.

A ‘ BAA’ spokesman said:

‘We are aware an allegation has been made against a member of staff and we are currently investigating.

‘We treat any allegations of inappropriate behaviour or misuse of security equipment very seriously’.

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