EU debates flight security measures

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Air travel security in Europe is under the spotlight, with EU experts looking into the best measures to adopt for the future.

One of the main solutions being considered is the widespread use of state-of-the-art body scanners.

But this raises questions about health and privacy.

Gilles de Kerchove, the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, told euronews: “Do they reveal the naked body and so on? It seems that the new generation of body scanners are health innocuous, effective and privacy friendly”.

A much-criticised measure currently in place is the limit on liquids that can be taken in passenger hand luggage. This is set to change by 2013.

Mathias Ruete, Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, told euronews: “You could actually leave your liquids in your baggage, it would be screened, and technology would be able to identify whether it’s a safe liquid or liquid which could be used for producing bombs.”

Aviation authorities say they understand the complaints from many passengers.

Zbignew Maczka, Vice-President of the Polish Civil Aviation Office, told euronews: “Most of these measures are very unpleasant and very nasty. They’re trying to be like this. This is not an easy life for the passenger, despite the fact that the number of passengers is growing.”

Poland recently organised an EU meeting on the subject as the current holder of the bloc’s presidency. It is just one of the steps in a long process of trying to improve airport security measures.