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Manchester Airport trials new x-ray machine

Manchester Airport has begun trialling new x-ray technology as part of its security check process in Terminal 2.

The machine, which can be used voluntarily by travelers, replaces traditional "pat downs" and means passengers are not required to remove their shoes, belts and jackets.

"We regularly hear that passengers don't undergo a personal search by security staff but they understand that it's a necessary part of keeping them safe. Imaging technology offers a potential alternative," the airport stated.

The image is collected and transmitted to a security officer in a remote office who then confirms whether passengers can proceed on their journey.

Meanwhile, backpackers may be interested to learn that Manchester Airport recently scooped the airport of the year prize at the Travel Trade Gazette Awards, which was held in London last month.

Airport authorities recently invested £25 million to improve security systems at the transport hub.

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