“Because I’m transgender, [the body scanner] identified my downstairs as being ‘anomalous’ because there’s ‘not supposed’ to be something there,” she told SBS News.
“I still felt extremely violated by having to disclose the fact that I was transgender to them in order to avoid being effectively groped,” she said.
Full-body scanners have been placed under scrutiny by travellers who have experienced uncomfortable incidents when passing through security. Source: AAP / Dean Lewins
Melbourne’s Terminal 4 technology is one of the country’s first that uses 3D computed tomography (CT) by UK company Smiths Detection, aimed to improve efficiency and tighten security measures.
“I’m @SydneyAirport & at new full-body security screening was made to take off fitted business jacket (only had little camisole underneath). Have never had this happen anywhere,” she said on Twitter.
Sydney Airport responded to Milligan’s tweet, expressing their apologies and confirmed they will make further enquiries with their security contractor.
“We are committed to ensuring a safe travel experience for all passengers, this is why we have put in place standard operating procedures that are aligned to the Aviation Screening Notice regulations determined by the Cyber Infrastructure Security Centre (CISC).”