According to news reports, Benedict came out against such equipment during a speech last week to 1,200 Italian airport workers at the Vatican. Already, civil liberty groups have complained that the full-body scanners violate the privacy of passengers by creating what looks like a nude image of a screened passenger. The technology is intended to spot explosives and weapons hidden under clothing.
The pope did not use the term "body scanner," but he told the airport workers, "It is above all essential to protect and value of the human person in their integrity."
Although Benedict acknowledged the need for airport workers to protect against terrorist threats, he said: "Even in this situation, one must never forget that respecting the primacy of the human person and attention to his or her needs does not make the service less efficient nor penalize economic management."
The pope, of course, doesn't have to worry about airport scanning machines. On international flights, he typically flies on Italian carrier Alitalia on a chartered plane dubbed Shepherd One.