Movie Star Claims Heathrow Airport Staff Printed Out, Circulated, His Naked Body Images
from the privacy? dept
There’s been a big push over the last couple months to get those full body scanners installed in more airports. These scanners, if you don’t recall, basically create a “naked” image of the person in them. This has resulted in all sorts of (mostly reasonable) concerns about privacy (well, and dignity) of those passing through the devices. Defenders of these systems insist that the images are seen by someone remotely who can’t see the person, so there’s no way to connect the image to the person, and the scans are deleted immediately.
Except… perhaps that’s not always true. Eric points us to the news that Indian movie star Shahrukh Khan (oddly, I just saw one of his movies) is claiming that the staff at London’s Heathrow airport had not just connected his scan to who he was, but also printed it out and circulated it among some staff.
I have to admit, this one could use a bit more proof, because my understanding was that the scan itself is done in a remote location, but Khan seems to indicate that staff had the printouts almost immediately:
“I was a little scared. Something happens [inside the scans], and I came out. Then I saw these girls — they had these printouts. I looked at them. I thought they were some forms you had to fill. I said ‘give them to me’ — and you could see everything inside. So I autographed them for them,” stated Khan.
I could definitely see how another security or airport staffer might alert whoever was watching the remote scans of who was passing through the scanner. The last few times I’ve seen these devices used in airports the other security staff had radio contact with the person watching the scans (for obvious reasons). But having multiple printouts immediately distributed? It’s not clear how that would happen.
Update: Yup, as we suspected, this story appears to be bogus. Security officials are denying it ever happened, and apparently Khan has some movie coming out about being detained by airport security… so… yeah, PR stunt.