Airport scanners may be illegal

Airport scanners which see through passengers' clothing may be breaking the law according to the Human Rights and Equality Commission.

The giant microwave ovens, which clearly show bombs, parcels of drugs, and your meat and two veg, are already being used at Heathrow and Manchester airports.

The Commission, which has written to Transport Secretary Lord Adonis to complain about the technology, is less concerned about privacy issues than the way in which people are selected to be scanned.

Airport authorities insist that checks are carried out at random which means that your wheelchair-bound granny is just as likely to be scanned as the nervous looking bloke with the blue touchpaper sticking out of his shoes.

The scanners were rushed into use after a man tried to set fire to his explosive underpants.