Watford man's campaign to ban airport body scanners

A former Watford resident is spearheading a campaign to ban full body scanners from airports across Britain.

Adam Woodward, who was “born and bred” in Vicarage Road but now lives and works as an English teacher in Spain, is part of a band of people concerned at the introduction of the scanners.

A Facebook group, which has become the focal point for their campaign, has attracted more than 10,000 members.

And their cause is backed by organisations such as Big Brother Watch, Privacy International and former The Corrs musician Jim Corr.

The Facebook group claims “these machines will perform a virtual strip search, which records detailed images of a person's genitalia, breasts and any cosmetic enhancements.

“We appear to be looking at a very expensive investment in largely ineffective technology that violates our right to privacy and poses a significant health risk”.

Adam said there were three main reasons why they opposed to the scanners – health reasons, privacy, and their effectiveness to target potential terrorists.

He said: “We want to raise awareness and get more people involved. We're encouraging people to sign petitions against the scanners and in the near future, we will try to organise protests.

“Quite by accident we have found ourselves as the campaign [against scanners] and people are starting to take us seriously. It's gathering strength.”

Earlier this month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned the use of the full body scanners may be unlawful.

The scanners were introduced in response to the alleged attempt to blow up a commercial airline over Detroit on Christmas Day last year.

The machines are already in place at Heathrow and Manchester Airports.

Passengers are randomly selected for the screenings, which produce “naked” images of passengers.

However, the Government said security concerns meant the scanners had to be brought in immediately, ahead of an equalities impact assessment.

View the Facebook campaign by searching for the All Facebook Against Airport Full Body Scanners group.

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12:18pm Thu 25 Feb 10

Bendean says...

I hope Mr Woodward has no connections to Al Quaeda.
I hope Mr Woodward has no connections to Al Quaeda. Bendean
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6:28pm Thu 25 Feb 10

Wilkinson says...

Right but he would rather we were blown up by a load of taliban/jihadists would he? If you nothing to hide where is the problem?
Right but he would rather we were blown up by a load of taliban/jihadists would he? If you nothing to hide where is the problem? Wilkinson
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12:31pm Fri 26 Feb 10

sado_23a says...

Judging by the first few comments here it seems most people are happy to get naked and risk their health in exchange for a meaningless promise of safety. The underwear bomber was escorted straight past scanners just like these, by special arrangement. If there needs to be a staged incident it will happen regardless. Meanwhile, there are far less invasive and less dangerous scanners than these, and far more effective techniques for detecting explosives but no-one's getting kick-backs for those. Sure is amazing how fast they started installing these units, huh? Almost like they were already sitting in a warehouse just waiting for an incident. And it's astonishing how most people have been so effectively terrified by PR that they're willing to accept this without question.
Judging by the first few comments here it seems most people are happy to get naked and risk their health in exchange for a meaningless promise of safety. The underwear bomber was escorted straight past scanners just like these, by special arrangement. If there needs to be a staged incident it will happen regardless. Meanwhile, there are far less invasive and less dangerous scanners than these, and far more effective techniques for detecting explosives but no-one's getting kick-backs for those. Sure is amazing how fast they started installing these units, huh? Almost like they were already sitting in a warehouse just waiting for an incident. And it's astonishing how most people have been so effectively terrified by PR that they're willing to accept this without question. sado_23a
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11:00pm Fri 26 Feb 10

Just1more says...

It makes me angry to see how the government manipulates people's minds. I'm glad that a group of 10,000 realize that these scanners are wrong from whatever angle you look at it. (And I hope this group grows to several million). It doesn't make you any safer (you MAY think you are safer, but you ARE NOT), they expose you to radiation (HOW WRONG), and they see you and your children completely naked (HOW WRONG). They can also store the pictures in case you didn't know... The government may say that it's essential to have these machines in the name of security, but think that there are other methods to make us safe without jeopardizing our health and violating one of our rights (ART. 12 of the International Bill of Human Rights). Now think....umm...Who is getting rich out of this? Really! It all about money!!! NO, I'M NOT A SHEEP AND YOU WILL NOT TREAT ME LIKE ONE!!!!! I demand other methods to make us safe. Why isn't the government considering sniffing dogs? Wait! Because they would not get tax money??? Because nobody would get rich?? Awwww...
It makes me angry to see how the government manipulates people's minds. I'm glad that a group of 10,000 realize that these scanners are wrong from whatever angle you look at it. (And I hope this group grows to several million). It doesn't make you any safer (you MAY think you are safer, but you ARE NOT), they expose you to radiation (HOW WRONG), and they see you and your children completely naked (HOW WRONG). They can also store the pictures in case you didn't know... The government may say that it's essential to have these machines in the name of security, but think that there are other methods to make us safe without jeopardizing our health and violating one of our rights (ART. 12 of the International Bill of Human Rights). Now think....umm...Who is getting rich out of this? Really! It all about money!!! NO, I'M NOT A SHEEP AND YOU WILL NOT TREAT ME LIKE ONE!!!!! I demand other methods to make us safe. Why isn't the government considering sniffing dogs? Wait! Because they would not get tax money??? Because nobody would get rich?? Awwww... Just1more
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4:36pm Mon 1 Mar 10

Hornets number 12 fan says...

OH my God! I get so sick of people who say "if you've nothing to hide whats the Problem"!!!! These people would gladly see the UK as a Police State and our civil liberties all but gone! I support this groups aims wholeheartedly
OH my God! I get so sick of people who say "if you've nothing to hide whats the Problem"!!!! These people would gladly see the UK as a Police State and our civil liberties all but gone! I support this groups aims wholeheartedly Hornets number 12 fan
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4:42pm Wed 17 Mar 10

Teresa32 says...

I absolutely agree with the comment by Sado_23a. You echo what I have been thinking for a while now 8-)

This is the first time I have ever written a blog & it is because I feel so strongly about the way in which full body scanners have suddenly been introduced without any debate on public opinion & more importantly basic privacy issues. What happened to the people already booked on flights when these scanners were installed "over night"? They were just expected to get on with it & sleepwalk with everybody else & if they had a problem, the attitude is "are you mad, re-book your holiday/travels if you refuse?". These people are not mad, in fact they are very wise, they are not accustomed to effectively being systematicly strip searched at the click of the governments fingers, so therefore may absolutely have an objection to a government trying to force this on them & especially without hardly any warning. One subject that strikes me instantly is how about rape victims feelings for instance. Why should they have to be sidelined away to explain themselves in queues of people & feel humiliated. Why should anyone have to explain why they don't want some random person seeing them effectively naked whether they are in a separate room away from you or not! I agree with Sado_23a's comment that (whatever any government motive) I think it is mad for everybody to start completely changing their way of life & having basic rights infringed & would rather carry on as we have been & take the risk. Privacy, certainly on a nudity level, should never be compromised by any price & even I am starting to question where all of this is leading as something new that invades privacy (government motivated), seems to be coming out every month i.e medical records, DVLA, Street maps & other countless databases. I agree it is useful in some cases, but think it is starting to be seriously abused. I can see bank accounts, that were introduced quite innocently instead of hiding cash in your house, will soon be abused to analyse what monies the government can pinch & from who. I am not flush with money for the record & don't have an issue at all with my body, but can see how manipulation is definately starting to take hold with the public & am shocked especially on certain subjects how accepting society is with all of these disguising headlines that are used & with no questions really asked by the majority. It is so predictable where everything is heading & people can't then complain when we have gone past the point of return. It is now, people should be getting together & lobbying against policies introduced "overnight" & governements "rushing through" processes. How do they get away with this, it is both crazy & amazing?

What I find more concerning, which may I add I have discussed widely with colleagues at work, even though I am one of the youngest lol, is how so many people have not even really considered the "right to privacy" aspect & seem fully co-operative with whatever changes the government feels suits them that month. The fact we have some terrorism (which we have had for years anyway), seems to be making the public hysterical & willing to sacrifice anything.

Wake up people & at least start making the government have to slow down with their policy-making & start properly considering the general public's feelings instead of their agendas! I haven't really been a voter at 32 years old, but it has slapped me in the face in the last couple of years just how much life has changed for the worse with ever increasing government rules & interference on how we should conform & run our lives. What is coming next! Let's be less dependent on the state & more independent & then they will run out of excuses to hide behind when really they are starting to try & control us all.
I absolutely agree with the comment by Sado_23a. You echo what I have been thinking for a while now 8-) This is the first time I have ever written a blog & it is because I feel so strongly about the way in which full body scanners have suddenly been introduced without any debate on public opinion & more importantly basic privacy issues. What happened to the people already booked on flights when these scanners were installed "over night"? They were just expected to get on with it & sleepwalk with everybody else & if they had a problem, the attitude is "are you mad, re-book your holiday/travels if you refuse?". These people are not mad, in fact they are very wise, they are not accustomed to effectively being systematicly strip searched at the click of the governments fingers, so therefore may absolutely have an objection to a government trying to force this on them & especially without hardly any warning. One subject that strikes me instantly is how about rape victims feelings for instance. Why should they have to be sidelined away to explain themselves in queues of people & feel humiliated. Why should anyone have to explain why they don't want some random person seeing them effectively naked whether they are in a separate room away from you or not! I agree with Sado_23a's comment that (whatever any government motive) I think it is mad for everybody to start completely changing their way of life & having basic rights infringed & would rather carry on as we have been & take the risk. Privacy, certainly on a nudity level, should never be compromised by any price & even I am starting to question where all of this is leading as something new that invades privacy (government motivated), seems to be coming out every month i.e medical records, DVLA, Street maps & other countless databases. I agree it is useful in some cases, but think it is starting to be seriously abused. I can see bank accounts, that were introduced quite innocently instead of hiding cash in your house, will soon be abused to analyse what monies the government can pinch & from who. I am not flush with money for the record & don't have an issue at all with my body, but can see how manipulation is definately starting to take hold with the public & am shocked especially on certain subjects how accepting society is with all of these disguising headlines that are used & with no questions really asked by the majority. It is so predictable where everything is heading & people can't then complain when we have gone past the point of return. It is now, people should be getting together & lobbying against policies introduced "overnight" & governements "rushing through" processes. How do they get away with this, it is both crazy & amazing? What I find more concerning, which may I add I have discussed widely with colleagues at work, even though I am one of the youngest lol, is how so many people have not even really considered the "right to privacy" aspect & seem fully co-operative with whatever changes the government feels suits them that month. The fact we have some terrorism (which we have had for years anyway), seems to be making the public hysterical & willing to sacrifice anything. Wake up people & at least start making the government have to slow down with their policy-making & start properly considering the general public's feelings instead of their agendas! I haven't really been a voter at 32 years old, but it has slapped me in the face in the last couple of years just how much life has changed for the worse with ever increasing government rules & interference on how we should conform & run our lives. What is coming next! Let's be less dependent on the state & more independent & then they will run out of excuses to hide behind when really they are starting to try & control us all. Teresa32
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