Airport Worker in Trouble for Scanning a Woman’s Body

When major airports first introduced the full body scanners, many people objected. The new security measures allow airport workers to see an image of every passenger’s practically naked body, eliminating the risk of them carrying any kind of weapons on their person. Obviously this raised some concerns about invasion of privacy, especially for certain religions and for those with medical conditions. The Equality and Human Rights Commission have already warned the government that they must ensure the scanners comply with UK laws otherwise they could find themselves in hot water.

Now, police have issued a warning for harassment to a worker at Heathrow airport. The 25 year old man was caught capturing an photo of one of his female co-workers, Jo Margetson, as she passed through one of the full body scanners inadvertently. The incident took place on 10th March in Terminal 5.

This incident is the first of its kind that has been reported to police; the BAA who employ both people involved have said that they treat these kind of allegations “very seriously” and the claims are currently being investigated. If found guilty, it is likely that the male employee responsible will be dismissed.

The incident comes as no surprise; it’s unlikely that every single man who works in UK airports has the self restraint not to look at these naked images of thousands of women walking past them on a daily basis. Imagine if a gorgeous girl like one of our London escorts walks through the full body scanner – could the men look at her in a completely professional manner, without having any kind of sexual thoughts? Not likely!

It is difficult to ensure that the airport workers are operating the scanners in a fair and non discriminatory manner without reading their minds, so the question is still looming as to whether or not these security measures are lawful. The scanners were installed at Heathrow and Manchester airport following years of terrorist scares and bombing attempts; the airports argue that security of passengers is their primary concern and that these new measures are necessary.

Earlier this month, two ladies became the first passengers to be barred from a flight when they refused to walk through the scanners. One was a Muslim and wished to keep her body covered, and the other is for reported medical reasons. However the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee doesn’t see any problem with the scanners and welcomes their installation.