Three Italian airports to install full-body scanners

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Three Italian airports are to be equipped with full-body scanners, after the Italian Government became the latest to declare plans to use the devices to enhance security.

Following a high-level air transport security meeting today, the Italian interior minister Roberto Maroni stated that Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa and Venice will receive scanners within three months.

Maroni says that the meeting aimed to ensure that Italian airport security was at "the highest level", in the wake of the recent attack on a Delta Air Lines flight out of Amsterdam.

He adds that he is uncertain whether an informal European Council meeting of interior ministers scheduled for 21 January in Toledo will lay down a requirement for such scanners. But Maroni says that the Italian Government is preparing to install them, even if there is no obligation.

France's Government is also reportedly to consider a possible requirement for scanners at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly.