All jails in England and Wales would soon have electronic scanners to check the smuggling of illegal mobile phones and detect metal weapons hidden inside people's bodies.
UK Prisons Minister David Hanson has said that he is trying to find out ways to introduce body-orifice security scanners at a cost of 6,500 pounds per equipment to curb mobile phones from being smuggled into jails.
According to The Times, if a person sits on the "boss scanner" its red lights would turn on if a metal object is detected and it can even detects a mobile phone hidden up someone's bottom. In such instances, a second scan is carried out with a hand-held detector.
The Governor of Woodhill Jail in Milton Keynes, Luke Sergeant, said that two Boss chairs had helped in detecting 21 mobile phones since April.
Sergeant went on to say that mobiles could be used to intimidate witnesses or contact drug runners. Drugs had recently been found at the jail with a value of 5,000 pounds.