TGA gives green light to airport scanners

THE Therapeutic Goods Administration has moved to reassure Australian travellers that new millimetre-wave body scanning equipment being trialled at Melbourne International Airport is safe.

In a statement released this week the TGA indicated there were no known safety concerns for people with active implantable medical devices, including pacemakers and defibrillators, when passing through the scanners.

Trials of the technology at Sydney International Airport has moved to Melbourne this month as part of a proof of concept trial, which will last until the end of the month.

According to the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport, millimetre-wave body scanners use “non-ionising radio-frequency energy in the millimetre-wave spectrum to generate an image based on the energy reflected from the body”. X-ray technology is not used in the process.

“There will be no ‘naked’ images of passengers. Only a