Doctor Refuses Body Scan Over Health Concerns, Barred From Flight
A British eye consultant who refused to take the body scan because he was concerned about radiation was barred, under a "no scan, no fly" rule, from boarding a plane from Manchester to Zurich the Daily Mail reported.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary specialist Tony Aguirre was not offered an alternative patdown and was instead escorted out of the airport by police.
Where as in the United States people people can choose a patdown over a body scan, at Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow airports staff have been told that anybody refusing the body scans are to be grounded.
A British Department for Transport spokesperson was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: "A no scan, no fly rule exists in the UK, meaning that if selected for screening, passengers do not have the option of a pat-down search and are escorted landside."
Aguirre believes the scans are mandatory because "Its more expensive to do a manual search and that's why they are forced to go through an X-ray," he told The Telegraph.
Aguirre was not given a refund for his flight.
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