Catherine Marciano

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

BRUSSELS — The EU’s anti-terror coordinator Gilles de Kerchove backs the use of full body scanners at airports, saying they would be “very effective” as long as privacy concerns can be overcome.

“I am in favour of the body scanners, as long as there are rules in place” to assure passengers over the images displayed, he told AFP on Friday.

The Spanish EU presidency called Thursday for a common European stance on the use of body scanners at airports as member states bicker over the issue which has been highlighted by a failed plot to blow up a US airplane.

The controversial scanners are capable of peering through clothes to create three-dimensional images of passengers to reveal any concealed weapons or explosives.