A commentor on a previous posting topic Heathrow Terminal 4 "see under your clothes" X-Ray scanner has made a very worrying accusation about his recent experience with this alleged "security scanner":
"Last Friday February 25 on my way flying back to Washington DC between 1-2:30 PM I was hand picked in a queue of about 100 people most of them white. I was the third persons (black males) to have been put aside by a security agent instructing us to go through an additional set of security system different from the one used for the general public. Inside the box, the agent instructed me to get red of my backpack and jacket, to adopt a strange posture… and to spin round.
I was of cause offended, shocked and humiliated by such practice, I made this comment to the agent: “I noticed that you are hand picking only black people for this additional security boot, aren’t you?” In response, he got furious and said:"We are only doing what the government asks us to do". His voice and tone became intimidating and menacing saying that I risk arrest if I resisted security measure. I was embarrassed in front of hundred of white people some of them just laughing. After I went through the double security system, I tried to talk to one of the supervisor to complain about the practice explaining to him that it is frankly unnecessary and dangerous to use a selective measure base on passenger skin color. He said in response: “ if you are going to Nigeria, you are likely to be pick because most people forming the queue at that precise time are passengers departing to Nigeria” but I was not going to Nigeria and we were the only 3 Blacks males in the queue of more than 100 people."
Surely even if this technology works perfectly and is safe, then racial profiling or racial discrimination is absolutely not the way to make use of it ?
Does anybody know who might be best able to investigate this incident further ?