Who can search me at the airport? Can I request to be searched by someone of a particular gender?
Airport procedures will vary but most UK airports use full-body scans in the security area. You can request that the scanned image is viewed by a someone who’s gender you feel most comfortable with.
If the full-body scanner is triggered, you may be scanned again using a hand-held scanner which only takes a few minutes.
If a contact search is required it will be carried out in the open by someone of the same legal gender as you, but you should be able to request a search by a member of your preferred gender if it would make you feel more comfortable.