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July 15, 2013 Airport, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, best known internationally for his grand plan to build a modern-day replica of the ill-fated cruise liner Titanic, has vowed to ban full-body scanners from international airports if elected prime minister of Australia.

Mining tycoon Palmer is running for prime minister as head of the Palmer United Party.

If elected, his party will move to ban body scanner screening at Australian international airports, he has confirmed.

The announcement followed an incident at Brisbane International airport last week, when Palmer refused a body scan, claiming to have been targeted unnecessarily by security personnel.

Palmer and his staff had cleared security and were awaiting departure on his private jet. Due to a scheduling change, the party needed to change to a commercial flight and undergo a second security check.

“My staff went first and passed through without incident however when they saw me they decided to give me the full treatment and subject me to a full body scan,” Palmer said.

“I found the staff aggressive and rude. I eventually refused to be scanned and left the airport.

“I am very much opposed to this process as the technology is highly invasive, is unproven and has even been linked to risks with cancer.

“It has been well documented that my first wife died of cancer and I have also visited Chernobyl and seen the devastating effects of radiation,” he declared in an issued statement.

“No Australian should be forcibly subjected to body scanner screening in this country because the full extent of the risks are not known.”

Palmer said he understood the need for vigilant security screening at airports but said “pat downs” as used in the USA were sufficient.

Ironically, pat-down searches in the US have proved even more controversial than scanners, with some passengers claiming to have been groped or molested.

But Palmer is adamant: “Under a Palmer United Party federal government there would be no body scanner screening at Australian international airports.”

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. KB says:

    One of the reasons full body scanning is being introduced is to keep up with the latest tactics being used by terrorists who now construct explosive devices which are inserted into the bodies of suicide bombers and attached directly to their bones. These devices cannot be detected by a pat-down – or any other technology.
    WIthout this type of technology terrorists will have little trouble getting explosives and other dangerous items through customs and aboard planes putting millions of lives at risk.
    I would rather suffer the small indignity of a full body scan than be on an ill-fated plane with one of these suicide bombers.
    If Palmer wants to be PM he will need to gain respect. He has already lost mine through his childish tantrum-style response and his unsubstantiated claims aimed at scaring the general public.
    Furthermore, I think he is embarrassed by his own behaviour and is now trying to justify it – not for concern about people’s safety but (because of his ignorance and failure to do some basic research) actually at their expense.

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