Interior Minister: Italy to test full-body scanners at three airports
Italy’s interior minister said Thursday that full-body scanners will be tested at three Italian airports in the coming months, according to a report by Italian news service ANSA.
Roberto Maroni made the announcement after a meeting of the country’s civil aviation authority.
The three airports initially using the scanners will be Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa and Marco Polo International near Venice, according to the report. Officials are to determine which models they will purchase at a meeting Jan. 21.
Maroni said Italy will ask the European Union to consider similar measures at a meeting in Spain, also on Jan. 21, according to ANSA. Leaders in some European countries — and critics in the United States — have called the scanners too intrusive. But other leaders have called for their implementation after a Nigerian man made it through normal security measures before trying to blow up a plane bound for Detroit on Christmas using explosive material he had smuggled in his underwear.
The United Kingdom and the Netherlands have also announced plans to use the scanners, and Germany is expected to.
The three cited Italian airports deal with most of the country’s international flights, the report said.
It said 10 scanners would initially be used among the three.
Venice currently has only one direct flight to the States, but dozens of its other flights meet up with connecting flights in places such as Munich and Frankfurt, in Germany.
It is not clear how many passengers would be required to pass through the scanners in each airport.