Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary, said only a small proportion of passengers will be selected for scanning.
He added that a code of practice meant that nobody can be selected on the basis of race, age or gender. The assurances are designed to avoid claims that Asians could be more likely to be picked out than others.
No wonder officials in the aviation industry are now backing calls for profiling:
Security can only be guaranteed by making a risk assessment of people before they are even board an aircraft, The Telegraph quoted Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association, as saying."Instead of looking for bad things-nail clippers and rogue bottles of shampoo-security systems, we need to focus on finding bad people," he added.
Complete. Overhaul. Needed.