January 5, 2010 / 4:16 PM / 8 years ago

Britain to set up airport body scanners this month

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Britain will set up body scanners at London’s Heathrow Airport within three weeks to try to improve aviation security after a Nigerian man was accused of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound passenger jet, the government said on Tuesday. “The first scanners will be deployed in around three weeks at Heathrow,” interior minister Alan Johnson told parliament. “Over time they will be introduced more widely.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, is accused of trying to ignite an explosive called PETN using a chemical-filled syringe as Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam approached Detroit on Christmas morning.

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