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Chief of TSA discourages body-scan boycott

November 23, 2010

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— The nation’s airport security chief pleaded with Thanksgiving travelers for understanding and urged them not to boycott full-body scans on Wednesday, lest their protest snarl what is already one of the busiest, most stressful flying days of the year.

A traveler is patted down by a TSA agent at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday. Some U.S. airports require air passengers to pass through full-body scanners that produce a virtually naked image. Those who refuse to go through the scanners are subject to thorough pat-downs.

A traveler is patted down by a TSA agent at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday. Some U.S. airports require air passengers to pass through full-body scanners that produce a virtually naked image. Those who refuse to go through the scanners are subject to thorough pat-downs.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Monday that such delaying actions would only “tie up people who want to go home and see their loved ones.”

“We all wish we lived in a world where security procedures at airports weren’t necessary,” he said, “but that just isn’t the case.”

He noted the alleged attempt by a Nigerian with explosives in his underwear to bring down a plane over Detroit last Christmas.

Despite tough talk on the Internet, there was little if any indication of a passenger revolt Monday at many major U.S. airports, with very few people declining the X-ray scan that can peer through their clothes. Those who refuse are subject to a pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest.

Many travelers said that the scans and the pat-down were not much of an inconvenience, and that the stepped-up measures made them feel safer and were, in any case, unavoidable.

“Whatever keeps the country safe, I just don’t have a problem with,” Leah Martin, 50, of Houston, said as she waited to go through security at the Atlanta airport.

At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Gehno Sanchez, a 38-year-old from San Francisco who works in marketing, said he doesn’t mind the full-body scans. “I mean, they may make you feel like a criminal for a minute, but I’d rather do that than someone touching me,” he said.

A loosely organized Internet campaign is urging people to refuse the scans on Wednesday in what is being called National Opt-Out Day. The extra time needed to pat down people could cause a cascade of delays at dozens of major airports, including those in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

“Just one or two recalcitrant passengers at an airport is all it takes to cause huge delays,” said Paul Ruden, a spokesman for the American Society of Travel Agents, which has warned its more than 8,000 members about delays.

Comments

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

TSA scanners = too much radiation especially for frequent flyers

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/276/647/TSA_SCANNERS:_LTR_of_Concern_Sent_By_Top_Scientists.html

Now if Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rummy and the National Security Agency had not allowed the 9/11/01 culprits to slip by we would not be having this discussion. Why didn't Bush take his advisory that something was up serious? Bush received 30 days notice.

Richard Payton 4 years, 1 month ago

Merrill thought you knew that Clinton refused to have Bin Laden hand delivered to him. Keep blaming Bush!

RoeDapple 4 years, 1 month ago

Okay, upon researching the link more it turns out it may be a hoax

scott3460 4 years, 1 month ago

"When New York Times reporter Susan Stellini called these research organizations to ask about their evaluations, however, she discovered the machines were primarily tested for whether the amount of radiation emitted meets guidelines established by the American National Standards Institute, an organization she suspects may be operating with a conflict of interest.

"Guess who was on the committee that developed the guidelines for the X-ray scanners? Representatives from the companies that make the machines and the Department of Homeland Security, among others," Stellini writes. "In other words, the machines passed a test developed, in part, by the companies that manufacture them and the government agency that wants to use them."

from http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=231653

scott3460 4 years, 1 month ago

Chief of TSA discourages body-scan boycott

LJW blogger suggests a week without showering before submitting to your airport groping.

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