I am pleased to announce that as from the 22nd of November 2013, the UK government’s “No Scan / No fly” rule in which air passengers who refuse to pass through a body scanner were refused the right to fly, is to be scrapped.
The rule, which has been in place at UK airports since February 2010, was deemed to be illegal by the European Commission earlier this year and as a result the Secretary of State for Transport (UK) has just announced that passengers will have the choice of an alternative pat-down screening procedure.
This is marvelous news and in my opinion marks the beginning of the end of this Draconian security measure.
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been involved in this campaign over the last four years, from signing petitions, lobbying MPs and MEPs, writing to airports, airlines and government departments, participating in the public consultations and generally spreading the word about the dangers of this technology. It has been a hard, drawn-out battle, but we are finally beginning to win!
However, while the battle may be won, the war is not over yet. We still need to fight the No Scan / No Fly rule in Australia and we still need to alert the public all around the world to their rights and convince them to exercise their right to opt out from the scanning process.
Well done everyone!