With reference to; http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/319189
The recent announcement about the use of full body scanners in Australia should serve as a reminder to New Zealanders that our government were looking into the same technology as recently as April last year.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said this week that the Government was keeping an eye on the implementation in Australia and has no immediate plans to use the technology. We should hope not, because use of these scanners was quite intentionally made illegal by the previous Labour government.
The Aviation Crimes Act amendment in 2007 prohibits the use of any technology that produces an 'unclothed image'. The minister for transport safety at the time, Labour's Harry Duynhoven stated, "I introduced supplementary order paper 140 to clarify that body-scanning technology, which represents an unclothed image of specific passengers, can not be used. It is important that legislation preserves the privacy and dignity of passengers by not allowing technology that presents a detailed unclothed image of a specific passenger."
This became an issue in July last year when it was found that Customs had trailed the full body scanners for five weeks at Auckland airport, a trial that Green Party MP Keith Locke described as illegal. "The [Aviation Crimes] act specifically mentions and includes Customs as being prohibited from using an unclothed image. It was the clear will of parliament to prevent any production of an unclothed image ... there was no hint of any exception."
Let's not be complacent. We can expect further attempts to introduce this technology in future, and one obvious step in this direction would be reversing the changes to section 12 of the the Aviation Crimes Act.