Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has announced he would ban full body scanners at international airports if he was elected prime minister, following a run-in with security at the Brisbane Airport.

The United Australia Party leader made the pledge after he was “unnecessarily targeted” by security personnel at the international terminal on Thursday.

He said he and his staff had already cleared security and were waiting to depart on his private jet, but had to change to a commercial flight because of a scheduling change.

In a statement, issued after reports he became aggressive after being asked to submit to a second security screening, Mr Palmer slammed the “highly invasive” technology.

He also said it was the Brisbane Airport staff who had behaved badly.

“My staff went first and passed through without incident however when they saw me they decided…