India will introduce full-body scanners at its airports for the first time this month.
The Economic Times reports that one device will initially be launched at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport by the end of this month. Full-body scanners had previously been resisted in India due to concerns over privacy, but officials said that their introduction was being taken for “security and counter-terror measures”.
Officials have moved to reassure the public about the scanners, stressing that the devices do not produce images of exact body contours, but instead only undertake a “targeted search” for concealed prohibited items.
One scanner will be made operational on trial basis from the end of November at Delhi airport’s domestic terminal 1D. It will initially be used on a voluntary basis.