Airports with body scanners

Scanner_image_womanAs a public service, Big Brother Watch intends to maintain this page (which will be periodically updated) with the names of all airports known to have Body Scanners installed. Each airport’s name is hyperlinked to a story confirming that it has scanners. Please comment or contact us with a hyperlink if you know of one that we’ve missed.

Abuja Airport, Nigeria (ABV)

Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)

Amsterdam-Schipol Airport (AMS)

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL)

Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Calgary Airport (YYC)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Chicago-O’Hare Airport (ORD)

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

Cleveland Airport (CLE)

Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP)

Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport (DFW)

Delhi International Airport (DEL)Denver International Airport (DEN)

Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW)

Edmonton International Airport (YEG)

El Paso Airport (ELP)

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA)

George Bush Houston Airport (IAH)

Gimpo Airport, South Korea (GMP) (To be installed)

Gimhae Airport, South Korea (PUS) (To be installed)

Glasgow Airport (GLD)

Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA)

Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

Halifax Airport, Canada (YHZ)

Incheon Airport, South Korea (INC) (To be installed)

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

Jeju Airport, South Korea (CJU) (To be installed)

John F. Kennedy International Airport New York City (JFK)

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Kano Airport, Nigeria (KAN)

Kelowna Airport, Canada (YLW)

Lagos Airport, Nigeria (LOS)

Las Vegas-McCarran Airport (LAS)

London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

London-Heathrow Airport (LHR)

London Luton Airport (LTN)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Manchester Airport (MAN)

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Mailan Malpensa Airport (MXP)

Melbourne Airport (MEL) (conducted a trial)

Minnesota Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)

Minnesota San José International Airport (SJC)

Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL)

Moscow Domodedovo (DME)  (in use for three years)

Narita International Airport, Japan (NRT) (To be installed)

Oakland International Airport (OAK) (To be installed)

Omaha Airport (OMA)

Ottawa Airport (YOW)

Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Paris – Orly Airport (ORY)

Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)

Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

Port Harcourt Airport, Nigeria (PHC)

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Regina Airport, Canada (YQR)

Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Rome-Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino (FCO)

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

San Diego International (SAN) (To be installed)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Toronto Pearson International (YYZ)

Tulsa International Airport (TUL)

Vancouver International (YVR)

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

Washington DC’s Reagan National (DCA)

Winnipeg Airport (YWG)

hat tip: EC, MB, BC, KA

Posted by on Jun 15, 2010 in Body Scanners | 28 Comments


  1. Viv
    27th June 2010

    London-Luton doesnt have a scanner yet I rang them up as I would like to travel from an airport that doesnt have the scanners.So far only Heathrow and Gatwick has it.

  2. richard
    25th August 2010

    I was supposed to attend a work-related meeting in the vicinity of Manchester Airport, but the airport web-site says that if you are selected for a scan and refuse, the option of a pat-down isn’t available and you’ll be refused travel. I didn’t want to risk being stranded because it’ll be a cold day in hell before I voluntarily stand naked in front of an official like a Jew in front of the God-damned Nazis. So I didn’t go.

  3. Jacob McDonald
    31st August 2010

    Columbus, Ohio, US (CMH) now has full-body scanners in use. I opted out of one just this afternoon.

  4. Peter L
    23rd September 2010

    Italy is removing all its body scanners. See //

  5. Chris
    3rd October 2010

    It would be helpful if the list indicated which countries or airports give the passenger the option of being searched manually instead, so that people can avoid countries or airports where the passenger will be denied boarding if they want to be searched manually instead of irradiated.

  6. Cathy
    4th October 2010

    Hamburg in Germany now has one. So I won´t go back there for a holiday with my family. I will choose another airport.

  7. Elwing
    9th November 2010

    Washington Dulles has them at the Dulles diamond lanes (expert traveler lanes) at least as of Nov 1. I was able to opt out and get a pat down as a pregnant woman.

  8. christopher hudson
    10th November 2010

    Very much agree with the comment that it would be a useful service to identify the airports where the scanner is mandatory. I am switching to Eurostar/Brussels for future business trips between US and London.

  9. Dmitry
    11th November 2010

    There are currently 65 airports in the US with full body scanners. Not all of them are here. For example, Laredo International Airport (LRD) is not in this list. See the TSA website for the full list:

  10. Andrew Gorrie
    17th November 2010

    Victoria Airport (YYJ) (Victoria, BC Canada) has a full body scanner now.
    It would be nice if the type of scanner was mentioned as well.

  11. Jeremy
    20th November 2010

    Memphis, Tennessee, and Nashville, Tennessee have them.
    Nashville: //
    Memphis: //
    The US permits travelers to decline the scan and opt instead to submit to an enhanced search, which includes having their genitals fondled.

  12. Danny
    9th January 2011

    Does London Luton have a scanner now? I have to fly there next week. If it does, is it the primary method of screening?

  13. coach outlet
    15th January 2011

    [ this is good]

  14. Andy
    20th January 2011

    Glasgow Airport don’t use full body scanners, but a new kind of scanner which uses lasers to pick up on illegal/dangerous substances without taking invasive pictures plus the regular metal detector. I flew from Glasgow a few weeks ago and there were no problems.

  15. Susie Q
    23rd January 2011

    Wait,I dont get it.
    I havent travelled in quite a while now but I was planning on taking a trip down to california.
    So,if I land at LAX.The full body scanners would be able to take an image of me very visibly naked or would it be a blurred light image indicating say concealed items in a darker shade?
    If someone could set me straight,that would be great.thanks!

  16. Sad
    18th May 2011

    Unfortunately it seems Gatwick does have the body scanners, see here:

  17. Veti
    24th May 2011

    I’ve just read the leaflet //
    Isn’t it about time they were taken to court for these deceptions. They say “Body scanners are a much less intrusive
    process than a hand search.” LIE
    “The image produced is a black and white
    outline of an individual’s body without
    any distinguishing features.” LIE (You can see their genitalia).
    “No images will be saved or be retrievable
    at a later date.” LIE (It is impossible to wipe data completely from a computer as my PHD in computer science friends have told me.
    “It is completely safe for pregnant
    women…” LIE (Why are pregnant women exempt from these scanners in US airports and there was news story on pregnany women working in airport security around these scanners and had multiple miscarriages said to have been caused by these scanners).
    “Are children exempt? No.” Isn’t this a form of paedophilia?

  18. Veti
    24th May 2011

    UK laws against taking indecent photos of children

  19. pk
    14th June 2011

    Do you have to go through the scanner at Amsterdam when arriving from the US?

  20. pk
    14th June 2011

    or would they subjugate you upon arrival anywhere in Europe?
    Can you opt out?
    I feel uncomfortable around these machines.

  21. Jeff
    17th January 2012

    I have passed through YVR last year. There was a scanner looks like the one in US airport, but its not a mandatory check for every passenger. You go through a standard metal detector door first, and will be asked to do the body scan if they feel necessary. I remember my shoe triggered metal detector, then a security asked me to do a body scan. I was offended and yelled “WTH, they are just little metal rings for the shoelace.” A second security came to me and explained they are usually some metal pieces built-in the leather shoes to support the shape. He then showed me these metals he talked about under the belt X-ray machine for carry-on baggage. I was let go without doing the body scan. If they insisted the body scan, I would ask for a real strip search rather than going inside that freaking machine which can do only-god-knows harm to your health. But I guess this is just for Canada, for some other part of the world, we don’t have a choice.

  22. jor
    19th September 2012

    Missed out airports in south africa

  23. stouffer
    18th January 2013

    BFS currently has one installed to be used “at random” if you happen to be in that queue.

  24. Felix
    28th May 2013

    BOI (Boise airport Idaho)

  25. Big business from media induced paranoia
    22nd December 2013

    Now the world is safe, ADELAIDE (small village in South Australia) has a body scanner for international departures. No option of pat down instead, I was told if I refuse, won’t be allowed to fly for 24 hours.

    The operators didn’t have a clue how the machine works and if it emitted radiation or not. Just another business decision backed up by hype and the bullying of private security businesses firmly entrenched and dictating procedure at airports.

  26. Kin Yip
    21st January 2014


    I’ve had transits (both ways) in the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport in the last few days. I’ve experienced the X-ray scans in both transit occasions. From the website above and also (//, it seems that they had started using it for more than 2 years.


  27. King Martin
    8th December 2015

    SXM airport on Sint Martin, Dutch Caribbean has a provision 2 scanner and is not on the list.

  28. frankfurt
    24th December 2015

    Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Germany recently started using body scanners. Looks like Millimeter wave scanner.

    I can only verify this for terminal 1, and there is 1 metal detector scanner available as an alternative to the Millimeter wave scanners.