BAA has been forced to deny that its security staff are circulating printouts of perv-scanned celebrities after a Bollywood comedian's late night riffing was taken at face value.
Shahrukh Khan, currently touting his movie I am Khan, told Jonathan Ross that he had recently been scanty-scanned at Heathrow.
He said that the machines would be embarassing for flyers who were less than well endowed.
Khan, presumably, had no such fears, though he claimed to have been surprised to encounter copies of his scan shortly after.
"Then I saw these girls – they had these printouts. I looked at them. I thought they were some forms you had to fill. I said 'give them to me' – and you could see everything inside," he told Ross.
While any Reg reader would have immediately been on the phone to Liberty or their lawyer, or both, the Bollywood star claimed to have turned his exposure into a PR opportunity: "So I autographed them for them.”
Khan's comments have been doing the rounds of Indian websites, some of whom appear to be unaware that Late Night with Jonathan Ross is not produced by the BBC's current affairs department.
This in turn has prompted BAA into some rapid comedy damage control.
A spokeswoman told The Telegraph that Khan's account was “completely factually incorrect”, saying the kit had no capability to print images.
She also said that given the scanners had been brought into use just days before the show was recorded, it was highly unlikely Khan had been caught up in the UK's nude nabbing net.
There was no need for an investigation, she said, as the claims "simply could not be true". ®