THE NEW FORTY Scanning my "horizon"...
There is quite an uproar about the full body scans the TSA has implemented and its alternative - the full body pat down. I can understand folks angst over both procedures as they both seem very invasi... Posted on 11/24/10 at 12:08 PM
Some travelers were plainly jittery about flying Sunday. Others weren't worried, confident that security would be tight on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. And some figured, well, whatever happens, happens.
One of the busiest airline travel days of the year went smoothly at Grand Forks International Airport on Wednesday. There was one oddity, however. Using a bullhorn, a protester outside urged arriving passengers to join in “National Opt Out Day,” a national movement against the use of body scanners. The problem? Grand Forks is not one of the 68 U.S. airports that have a scanner. When the metal detector at airport security checkpoints is activated, the only option is a pat-down. There’s no choice.
The lines of Thanksgiving travelers moved quickly and smoothly at airports around the country this morning despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.
Holiday travelers dismayed by airport body scans planned protests at bustling airports today, while the head of the nation's transport security agency urged passengers to comply with searches to reduce the possibility of delays on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
A bladder cancer survivor from Michigan who wears a bag that collects his urine said a security agent at a Detroit airport patted him down so roughly, it caused the bag to spill its contents on his clothing.
State lawmakers in New Jersey have it right: Congress should halt the use of full-body scanners in airport security screening and direct the Transportation Security Administration to find less-intrusive ways of making flying more secure.
Nearly a week before the Thanksgiving travel crush, federal air security officials were struggling to reassure rising numbers of fliers and airline workers outraged by new anti-terrorism screening procedures they consider invasive and harmful.
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