Heathrow Airport Full Body Scanner Worker Accused of Harassing Co-worker

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on March 25, 2010

According to officials on Wednesday, a Heathrow Airport security worker is receiving warnings from police and may face disciplinary action after claims emerged that he harassed a female co-worker with the airport’s full body scanner. The 25-year-old worker, John Laker, is said to have made lewd comments after 29-year-old Jo Margetson mistakenly walked through the scanner. These anti-terror devices can see through clothes, producing a rather detailed outlined of the body.

This incident happened on March 10 in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport. Margetson says that she has been traumatized by the event and informed authorities, as well as her bosses at the British Airports Authority, the operator of the airport.

A spokeswoman for the organization said that they treat any inappropriate behavior allegations or claims of security equipment being misused very seriously, and they are investigating the issue thoroughly. She added that appropriate action will be taken if the allegations are substantiated.

Full body scanners have been opposed by many, as they are arguably breaching individuals’ privacy rights. The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain has previously said that they might even be breaking discrimination laws.

Yet, this is believed to be the first case of its kind since full body scanners were quickly introduced into service in many British airports. The rush came after an extremist tried to blow up a plane bound for America on Christmas Day. He, of course, failed, but only because passengers and crew jumped him as he was lighting the explosive hidden in his underwear. Because of this, full body scanners are being rolled out in airports worldwide.

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