Security checks at UK airports could become more efficient with the development of a new camera which can perform a virtual strip search.
The new technology would allow security staff to see through people’s clothing to judge whether they are carrying weapons, explosives or any other items that could put other passenger at risk on a flight.
The camera can ‘see’ a distance of up to 80 ft and may be deployed in airports and other busy hubs.
Known as the T5000 system, it was originally designed for space craft but it is likely to find better use by customs officials. The designers say although it can see what is inside people’s clothes it does not outline anatomical details.
"Acts of terrorism have shaken the world in recent years and security precautions have been tightened globally," said Clive Beattie, chief executive of ThruVision‘s which developed the system.
"The T5000 dramatically extends the range over which we can scan people."