SPAIN has stood its ground over the introduction of body scanners at its airports maintaining that it will only follow the lead set by Britain and Holland if the European Union makes it an EU directive.

Tomorrow, as the current President of the EU, Spain is going to come under direct pressure from the United States to endorse the installation of airport body scanners at talks in the wake of last month's failed airline bomb plot.

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and EU interior ministers, meeting in Toledo tomorrow, will discuss the use of the full-body scanners which are seen by some as a violation of privacy.

The United States has accelerated the installation of body scanners at its airports since the attempted attack on Christmas Day on a trans-Atlantic jet bound for Detroit from Amsterdam, and it would like the EU to follow its lead.


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