“National Opt Out Day” protests new airport security screenings

“National Opt Out Day” protests new airport security screenings

Rachael Purl
WGN News
9:20 AM CST, November 19, 2010

The Transportation Safety Administration says heightened airport screening measures are necessary.

But there’s a growing movement of passengers who disagree, saying full-body scans and pat-downs are too invasive. Critics are concered over radiation exposure and privacy issues.

Some protestors have started an online protest called “National Opt-Out Day.” It’s set for next Wednesday, November 24th, which is the busy travel day before Thanksgiving. Travelers are urged to opt-out of full-body scans. The move is expected to force the TSA to perform time-consuming pat-downs, which could backup security lines.

Some passengers at O’Hare Airport today expressed concern over how that might hamper air travel around the busy Thanksgiving holiday. However, most said they would not participate in the protest.

Copyright © 2010, WGN-TV


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