Central Leader : December 1st 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 1, 2010 NEWS Man stranded at airport after refusing scan By RHIANNON HORRELL It was third time lucky for Greenlane man James Holder who is back on New Zealand soil after refusing a body scan that left him stranded at Heathrow Airport. The 28-year-old product engineer had been attending a trade show in Germany last week and was randomly selected for additional secur- ity screening while leaving London last Tuesday. They said it was a trial unit at Heathrow which was compulsory for all travellers. I don't agree, it's a privacy and a safety issue. I said I'd go for the pat down or strip search.'' He refused the body scan on principle that it's a step too far and a personal invasion, and says it involved standing in a glass box for an x-ray. It then shows an image of you without clothes and it can be quite detailed. They strolled me back to the airline desk and put me on a flight for later that night.'' Mr Holder says his second attempt to pass through security was aided by Air New Zealand staff. But security spotted me from the previous time and said You can go through if you go through the body scan- ner'.'' He says six to eight staff surrounded him and put the pressure on. I ended up staying the night at the airport and Air NZ booked me another flight.'' Mr Holder finally managed to get through without being randomly selected by secur- ity. I was stoked to get out of the airport. I didn't have a problem with a pat down or strip search. It was more the fact that this is a trial machine and people have to accept to have a body scan -- kids too. It doesn't seem right to have a guy in a back room looking at these nude images. It seems a bit suspect.'' He says pregnant women or those with health con- ditions are not able to refuse the scan either. It's a bit extreme, especially for the UK. I travel a lot with work and I've never had a body scan before. My girlfriend was keen to get me back.'' Mr Holder is full of praise for Air NZ staff. They were amazing, they couldn't have helped me any more. They were sympathetic and helped me book another flight.'' He says coincidentally, a boycott of the machines took place in the United States last week. I've also heard about security people at Heathrow making dodgy comments about the images.'' Transport Ministry com- munications manager Bryan McDaniel says New Zealand legislation prohibits the use of an aid or device that produces an unclothed image'' as set out in the Avi- ation Crimes Act. The gov- ernment has no plans to introduce new screening tech- nology at this time.'' Teen's a star in all sports Talented teen: Epsom Girls Grammar student Aleesha Coulter won an all-rounder prize at the recent ASB College Sport Awards. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By SCOTT MORGAN JUGGLING a raft of different sporting ambitions is some- thing Aleesha Coulter has become an expert at during the past three years. The Epsom Girls Grammar School student won an all- rounder prize at the ASB Col- lege Sport Awards last month after making the Junior Tall Ferns basketball side, the Auckland-Waitakere under- 17 netball team and the under-17 New Zealand touch team. It's better than I've ever done before. I've played for New Zealand in basketball for a few years but it's the first year I've made the New Zealand touch team.'' It's the third year in a row she's won an all-rounder prize at the awards. She says it's a challenge balancing so many sporting commitments, but winning makes it all worthwhile. My whole life has always been training, training, train- ing. Some people are put off by going to heaps of training but I like it. The 17-year-old plans on studying at university next year and knows she may have to focus more on one or two sports in particular. Epsom Girls head of sport Liz Thomas says Aleesha is very focused and excelled in all three sports thanks to a supportive family. Meanwhile, Sam Morreau from Auckland Grammar School also won an all- rounder award for his efforts in triathlon, distance running and cycling. Avondale College's Syreeta Norris received an all- rounder prize after her suc- cess in netball, volleyball and athletics. Other local individual category winners include Sio- sitina Hakeai from Auckland Girls Grammar School for athletics, Epsom Girls Grammar's Madeline Green for cricket and Diocesan School For Girls student Georgina Grgec for distance running. Julia King from St Cuthberts College picked up the girl's hockey prize, while in netball Northern Mystics player Toesulu Tone- Fitzpatrick from St Cuthbert's College won the top award. Contessah Wright from Auckland Girls Grammar was named the best female rugby union player and Avon- dale College's Nadia Pearl the best woman footballer. Te Huia Taylor from Auck- land Girls Grammar is the number one waka ama pad- dler. Moengaroa Subritzky from Auckland Girls Gram- mar won best female basket- ball player and White Sox star Kingsley Avery from Epsom Girls Grammar School won the top softball award. Epsom Girls Grammar's Taylor Flavell was named the best girls' squash player. Two Diocesan students were recognised for their tal- ent in the water, with Madeleine Atkin winning the underwater hockey award and Danielle Lewis the prize for waterpolo. Mt Albert Grammar School's Michael Fatialofa won best male rugby union player, Reuben Te Rangi from Auckland Grammar was named best boy's basketball player and his schoolmate Matthew Small the best water polo representative. Rounding out the male winners, Mt Albert Grammar's Callum Phillips won the artistic gymnastics award and Leo Lines of Avon- dale College was the best male underwater hockey player.
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