After trials last summer at Melbourne and Sydney airports, Australia will be installing full body scanners at all their international airports in July. Unlike the trial, there will be no other option if you are chosen to go through the machines, except under very specific medial conditions. If you refuse to go through the full body scanner, you will not be allowed to fly.
The proposed Aviation Security Amendment (Screening) Bill 2012 will make it mandatory for any passenger selected to participate in undergoing a body scan.
The “no scan, no fly” amendment closes a loophole in the legislation, which allows passengers to request a pat-down instead of having to pass through a metal detector.
Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said mandatory body scans were necessary to ensure the safety of airports.
“I think the public understands that we live in a world where there are threats to our security and experience shows they want the peace of mind that comes with knowing government is doing all it can,” he said.
I think the public understands that this is all a sham and that they are feeling more and more helpless in fighting against their governments who are increasingly doing whatever they want without listening to the public or safety standards.
The Australian government purchased the full body scanners from L3 Communications, an American company. These are the same scanners already in use in the United States and the same machines that are completely capable of storing your picture. Despite privacy advocates calling for the discontinuation of the scanners, they continue to persist at airports. The United States is selling the machines to other nations, assuring them that the full body scanners are safe, secure, protects your privacy, and that they help to prevent terrorism. This is not the case, nor has it ever been.
Although it is said that these full body scanners are not the cancer-causing type, we also do not know if the radiation they emit is harmful or dangerous because none of the machines have ever been tested. Australia has also not stated whether these are the passive or active type. Until they are tested, we cannot be 100% certain that we will be safe using these machines.
Given the fact that there will be no way to opt-out in Australia, the airport will be subjecting millions of travelers to unnecessary radiation with unknown effects as well as possible privacy breaches, all in the name of security theater. The Australian government has not stated clearly exactly what sort of problems Australia has that would be solved by the inclusion of full body scanners.
If you live in Australia and are concerned about full body scanners, please contact your MPs. You can also contact Anthony Albanese, the Leader of the House of Representatives and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.