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EU members divided on use of airport body scanners

BRUSSELS (AP) - The issue of body scanners at airports is dividing European nations today, with some European Union member states playing down the need for beefed up security.

The United States, Britain and the Netherlands already have announced plans to install the scanners following the failed Christmas Day airliner attack amid growing worldwide security concerns.

Ahead of a meeting today of EU aviation security experts, Belgium's secretary of state for transport described such enhanced measures as "excessive." He says security requirements at European airports are already "strict enough."

Since the attempted terrorist attack on Dec. 25, the EU has been reevaluating its security regulations.

Officials say any significant action could take several months even if all member states agreed on the need for scanners.

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