Will Introduce The Technology Over The Next 4 Years
Australia has become the latest
country to say it will deploy full body scanners at airports
following the Christmas day attempt to bring down a Northwest
Airlines Jet bound for Detroit.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (pictured) said the country would
spend about $173 million overall on increased airport policing and
security technology over the next 4 years. About $25 million of
that would be earmarked to deploy new screening technologies
including the controversial scanning equipment.
The international news service AFP reports that Rudd said the
body scanners would be introduced progressively as part of an
overall upgrade of security technology. They will focus on
screening departing international passengers. "The Christmas Day
attempt showed that no nation can afford to be complacent when it
comes to security," Rudd told reporters in Canberra. "The
government's highest priority is the safety and security of
While Rudd admitted that the body scanners were controversial,
he said it is his determination that deploying them in Australia is
the correct decision. "We've got to make a judgment here. An
incident has occurred in the United States. You learn practical
things from it, you get the best advice, you respond," he said.
The first body scanners are expected to be in use down under by