Officials from the Department for Transport are discussing this matter with the UK Border Agency. Should a transit passenger refuse to be scanned and as a result is not allowed to travel, then UKBA would deal with any application for leave to enter the UK on its individual merits.
We are currently looking at whether targeting certain passengers for additional security measures at airports would be more effective than selecting a proportion of passengers at random. We have taken no decisions yet. Behavioural detection is not currently part of the training syllabus mandated for airport staff by the Department for Transport.
A number of security staff at Heathrow are undergoing training in behavioural analysis techniques—where passengers are selected if they are behaving suspiciously. This training is being trialled and will be independently evaluated. We will be considering the effectiveness of this trial before deciding whether it can be rolled out more widely.
The Department for Transport has published an interim code of practice relating to the protection of privacy. It also covers health and safety, data protection and equality issues. The interim code of practice is available in the libraries of the House and on the Department’s website.
The Department will shortly be launching a full public consultation on the interim code of practice and will consider all representations carefully before preparing a final code of practice later in the year.