Body scanners coming to Canadian airports soon

Transport Minister John Baird is set to announce later today that Canadians will soon be asked to go through virtual strip search scanners at major airports.  La Presse reported Tuesday that the scanners will be placed in nine airports, including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) announced plans to purchase seven $200,000 scanners last spring.

CATSA still has temporary emergency measures in effect thanks to a Nigerian man who nearly blew up a passenger plane flying into Detroit on Christmas day that was wearing explosives undetected by metal scanners.

The scanners use millimetre wave technology to see through passengers’ clothing. CATSA says the machines are less intrusive than a pat down and should be less time consuming. But privacy advocates say the scanners are too invasive.