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Clive Palmer wants body scan ban after big blue at airport

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BILLIONAIRE would-be Prime Minister Clive Palmer has called for the removal of body-scanner screening from airports after a fiery run-in with security officers at Brisbane Airport yesterday.

Mr Palmer eventually refused the scan and did not fly out of the airport.

A News Ltd report suggests other travellers  were left shocked as Mr Palmer publicly argued with security staff.

The Federal leader of the Palmer United Party says he was unfairly targeted in the incident.

In a statement released today, Mr Palmer said he and his staff had cleared security and were awaiting departure on his private jet.

However, due to a scheduling change, the party needed to change to a commercial flight and undergo a second security check.

"My staff went first and passed through without incident, however when they saw me they decided to give me the full treatment and subject me to a full body scan,'' Mr Palmer said.

"I found the staff aggressive and rude. I eventually refused to be scanned and left the airport.

"I am very much opposed to this process as the technology is highly invasive, is unproven and has even been linked to risks with cancer.

"It has been well documented that my first wife died of cancer and I have also visited Chernobyl and seen the devastating effects of radiation.

"No Australian should be forcibly subjected to body scanner screening in this country because the full extent of the risks are not known.'' 

Mr Palmer said he understood the need for vigilant security screening at airports but said "pat downs" as used in the USA were sufficient.

"Under a Palmer United Party federal government there would be no body scanner screening at Australian international airports,'' he said.

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