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With Australia likely to start using body scanners in airports from July after successful trials in Sydney and Melbourne, it seems the majority of the travelling public is all for them.

Of 400 international travellers polled by travel website Skyscanner, 66 per cent said they supported the scanners because they would speed up checks and improve security. Thirty per cent disapproved of them, mostly for health and privacy reasons. Four per cent gave inconclusive answers.

A co-founder of Skyscanner, Barry Smith, says that “as long as the machines are safe and any potential privacy issues can be solved, travellers are in favour of anything that will make flying safer and security checks faster”.

“If it saves me from having to take my shoes off, empty my pockets and remove my belt, I’m all for them,” he says.

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