Manchester Airport is offering travellers passing security checks in Terminal 2 the chance to undergo imaging technology.

The imaging technology works by bouncing X-rays off an individual’s skin to produce an outline of the person’s body that then reveals concealed and potentially dangerous objects.

The image is then reviewed by a security officer who can either clear the suspected traveller or decide if a further search is required.

Travellers still have the option of the traditional security check.

Manchester Airport head of customer experience Sarah Barrett said: “Our passengers tell us that they don’t like being patted down by security staff at airports but they understand that it is a necessary part of keeping them safe.

“Imaging technology offers a potential alternative but we know that some people see it as controversial. That’s why we’re running a trial.

“We’re being completely open about how imaging technology works so that passengers can tell us whether it is an acceptable alternative.

“The process is entirely anonymous. We can assure the public that, contrary to popular misconception, imaging technology does not allow security staff to see passengers naked.

“The image produced is a black and white, ghost-like outline of an individual’s body without any distinguishing features such as hair or facial features, making it impossible to recognise people but simple to detect concealed threats.”

The trial will now run for the next year at Manchester Airport.