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Airports with body scanners

Airports with body scanners

Many thanks to Friendly Skies on Flyertalk for all the hard work . Please let us know it you find any other airports or train stations where full-body scanners are running.

ALL US Airports now using Full-Body Scanners.

You will need to consult the airport directly to know whether the airport in question uses backscatter X-ray scanners or Millimeter Wave scanners. Recently, the TSA has been reportedly replacing their Xray scanners with Millimeter Wave scanners with Automatic Threat detection (ATD) software that does not require a viewer. Blogger Johnathan Corbett proved the technology to be utterly useless when he filmed himself passing through this type of scanner with a metallic box in his pocket and not being detected.

For a more detailed and up to date list, please consult


International Airports using the scanners

AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol MMw scanners Opt out possible.
LED – St. Petersburg MMW – Screener looking at images is right in front of you. No opt out.
LGW – London Gatwick MMW – No opt out
LHR – London Heathrow MMW – No opt-out
LCE – London City No opt out
MAN – MMW No opt out
BHX – Birmingham (UK) MMW No opt out
EDI – Edinburgh MMW No opt out
GLA – Glasgow MMW No opt out
STD – London Stansted MMW No opt out
PVG – Machines used sporadically and only in certain lanes. Not in family lane
YEG – MMW in use for domestic/transborder flights. Random, but opt-out permitted
YHZ – MMW in use in domestic/international departure area. All lines have WTMD. Unsure of transborder departure area.
YOW – 1 scanner in the Domestic/Intl C/P – Appears to be used for secondary screening – TYPE UNKNOWN
YUL – MMW in far left lane being used on all pax. OPT OUT Permitted
YVR – US-bound pax use the MMW, randomly determined by a machine – Domestic, C gates has a MMW for “random selectees” – OPT-OUT POSSIBLE!
YYC – US-bound pax use the MMW, randomly determined by a machine – OPT-OUT POSSIBLE!
YYZ – T1, US Departures has the scanner for SSSS/Random Selection/Resolution of WTMD alarms – T1 Domestic – 2 MMW for Secondary only. None in NEXUS line, not always in use – MMW – YYZ Concourse Level (between Arr/Dep) C/P has the MMW, usually sits idle
YXU – Installed @ Transborder terminal

US Domestic & International airports not using the scanner

ASU – (South America)
MDW – According to reports, this airport will be a disaster once BKSX or MMW is installed
MSN – Receiving within one year
SNA – still safe!

Glossary of Abbreviations Used

AA – American Airlines
AC – Air Canada
AS – Alaska Airlines
B6 – JetBlue Airways
CO – Continental Airlines
DL – Delta Airlines
UA – United Airlines
US – US Airways
VX – Virgin America
WN – Southwest Airlines

C/P – Checkpoint
MMW – Millimeter Wave
BKSX – Backscatter
TERM – Terminal

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    September 30, 2010 4:53 am

    Spokane WA airport has the scanner. How long ago has this page been updated?

  2. Mia Mantri permalink
    October 14, 2010 11:39 pm

    I think I heard months ago Birmingham (UK) was going to get scanners installed. But I’m not sure what happened. I would double check before adding it though.

  3. J. Spaits permalink
    November 19, 2010 3:23 pm

    St. Louis, MO Lambert Field(STL) has the Naked Body Scanners now. At this time, not everyone is being directed through them. They still have metal detectors that you can go through with no manditory pat down. I will not be flying any more!

  4. Manuel permalink
    December 11, 2011 12:14 pm

    I was forced to pass through body scanner at Kyiv Boryspol International Airport (KBP). They have installed them at least in the new terminal F, and they are installing them on the new terminal that is being built.

    Please note that in this airport YOU DON’T HAVE THE CHOICE. You must either pass through the scanner or miss the flight.

    I think their scanners are the millimeter wave ones, I’ve asked information to the airport about the machines, and the screening procedures (I’d like to know if they have automatic thread detection or an operator actually waches your naked image) but no answer have been received yet.

  5. April 27, 2012 5:59 pm

    Does London Heathrow have any perverted “naked” scanners does anyone know? April 27th 2012

    • May 2, 2012 1:24 pm

      Yes, Heathrow does have scanners at all terminals – Millimetre wave scanners that look similar to revolving doors. They have had scanners since 2006. The great contradiction of the scanners can be seen on Heathrow’s website where they advise passengers to arrive THREE hours before their flight due to the delays caused by the scanning process. This provokes large accumulations of people waiting to get through security,, which in itself causes another, more significant risk. Little more than a year and a half ago, Moscow’s main airport suffered a suicide terrorist attack in the airport building on passengers waiting in the large queues. That airport also has scanners.

      In the UK, Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester all oblige passengers to pass through scanners (no scan, no fly policy). Luton, Stansted and Birmingham, are among many in the UK that have said they will not install scanners unless obliged to by the government.

  6. Connie Fogal permalink
    October 31, 2012 7:40 am

    I think airlines have a duty to inform passengers whether or not a destination has the mandatory requirement of submit to scan or no fly whether or not it is a random selection. I was shocked to be exposed to this at Heathrow recently but was lucky not to be selected. When you are in transit passing through Heathrow with no opt out allowed,you could be stuck in England unless you can find a boat out. Since use of these machines is random, you have to ask what is really going on here- hardly security when most people go through with no scan. (A slow deliberate way of harvesting physical ID for other nefarious use??) I will not travel through airports that will not allow opting out. If enough people refuse to land there, and if we tell the airlines and airports, the economics of it may have an effect.

  7. Steve permalink
    November 24, 2012 9:25 am

    I thought EU had banned these according to reports in September. Amsterdam (Schipol) use them on gate D06 departure to London via bus to aircraft

    • November 24, 2012 9:31 am

      Pending update. Yes, as from this month (Nov 2012) there are no backscatter scanners in the EU.

      • Steve permalink
        November 24, 2012 10:55 am

        So this would be MMW. They were using it yesterday.

  8. November 24, 2012 12:42 pm

    Revolving door appearance? Yes.

  9. kat permalink
    April 28, 2013 4:51 pm

    Can anyone give an update as to whether Luton Airport and Southend Airport have the MMW scanners? I have already been selected twice for MMW scanners in the space of 4 months and want to avoid these scanners to protect my health.

    • April 28, 2013 5:21 pm

      Hi Kat
      I’ve written to Luton twice over the last year and each time hey have told me that they have no plans to install scanners, but may be obliged in the future to install them. And, unless Southend has changed recently, they are not yet on the Dept. for Transport list of scanning airports. For rhe south of England, those airports are the best choice.

  10. Olga permalink
    September 15, 2014 4:27 pm

    Does anyone knows if everyone have to get through full body scan at the Luton Airport?

  11. September 15, 2014 4:29 pm

    Does everyone have to go through MMW scanners at the Luton Airport please?

    • December 19, 2014 11:37 am

      I recently flew through Luton and saw that they have just adquired a new L3 mmw scanner. I hung around as long as I could at the security point and saw at least 200 people pass through. No one, however, was asked to step in the scanner – and no one volunteered either.
      No one has to pass through a scanner. This is now widely accepted Eu law. If directed to a scanner, you should indicate that you do not want to be scanned and that you opt for a hand search. It’s as simple as that.
      Good luck, and happy travels!

  12. Russian man permalink
    February 1, 2015 11:42 pm

    **LED – St. Petersburg MMW – Screener looking at images is right in front of you. No opt out.**

    Not true, since in accordance with the information provided by their website,

    “If you still have doubts about safety of the equipment or you feel uncomfortable during scanning, you can always ask an airport agent to inspect you by hand. ”

    This should be also true for other Russian airports with MMW scanners, though the law is unclear about opting out. But one might try to make up ‘religious reasons’ or illnesses, it reportedly worked out for some people. Knowledge of the Russian language is likely a must, due to the fact that security officers may be openly rude and insulting (which is against the regulations of the transport ministry, by the way) and pretend they do not understand English.

  13. Stenth permalink
    June 6, 2015 6:15 pm

    Luton has at least one scanner. The mm wave one. Most lanes don’t. They may be trialing it. I went through and still had a pat down check. If the mm wave ones are as low power as suggested I don’t see a problem, I’d sooner be safe in the air. Who cares if they see my body shape.

    • June 6, 2015 9:23 pm

      True. I went through Luton recently and they have adquired an L3 MMW Scanner. I hung around for some time after passing through security and it seemed that they were not too insistant on getting people to pass through (unlike Edinburgh Airport security, for example). For those interested, it is on the far left security post of about 10. So, if you are not interested in either being scanned nor confrontation with an over-zealous security guard, simply choose another queue.

      Personally, my feeling is that, like Stansted, they have been obliged to deploy the bare minimum by the DFT. For that reason, it is not a big deal opting out of the scanner process. Security is generally pretty lax and haphazard at Luton, as it has always been, a little more pain-in-the-arse at Stansted, and outright offensive at Edinburgh. If I remember well, Stellios (Mr Easyjet) is the biggest shareholder at LTN and stated long ago that he is anti-scanner. That said, I have had run-ins with idiots working security at LTN before, so watch your step and choose the queue furthest from the scanner.

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