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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-10 02:13 PM
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Airport security protests fizzle
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Source: Marketwatch

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) Threatened protests over airport screening procedures largely failed to materialize on Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, with the Transportation Security Administration reporting no spike in fliers opting out of screens by its new Advanced Imaging Technology units.

Things are going smoothly across the country and were not seeing an unusual number of people opting out, said Nick Kimball, a spokesman for the TSA.

Those who choose not to pass through the new full-body-scan units are directed to go through the usual metal detector and then subjected to what the TSA calls a thorough pat-down by someone of the same gender, the same procedure as if the person had set off an alarm.

The body scanners, which some call a visual strip search, have been accused of raising the risk of everything from cornea damage to cancer. And the pat-downs are often seen as overly intrusive following reports of TSA agents reaching into underwear.

The TSA plans to spend about $1 billion for the purchase of 1,000 of the backscatter X-ray machines. As of now, 385 have been installed at 68 airports including busy hubs like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, John F. Kennedy in New York and Los Angeles International.

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Americans are so docile.
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  -Airport security protests fizzle Joanne98  Nov-24-10 02:13 PM   #0 
  - And Chertoff's client is getting SO rich on those machines.  dixiegrrrrl   Nov-24-10 02:25 PM   #1 
  - Re: "Americans are so docile."  phasma ex machina   Nov-24-10 02:25 PM   #2 
  - it did get attention and the TSA heard it....the issue didn't go away  Gin   Nov-24-10 02:30 PM   #4 
     - It's over. TSA has won, big time. /nt  Bragi   Nov-24-10 02:32 PM   #5 
  - This worked well for TSA  Bragi   Nov-24-10 02:29 PM   #3 
  - He was actually encouraging people not to fly at all.  LisaL   Nov-24-10 02:38 PM   #8 
  - Get over it. You don't like the rules, don't fly. I want to be safe.  fatbuckel   Nov-24-10 02:37 PM   #6 
  - Maybe the ones who are so scared that terrorists will blow them  LisaL   Nov-24-10 02:39 PM   #10 
  - Baaaaaaaa! Baaaaaaa! /nt  Bragi   Nov-24-10 02:40 PM   #11 
  - I really hate your "get over it" attitude. It is completely non-progressive  Matariki   Nov-24-10 02:42 PM   #13 
  - This whole thing is a non starter. Try as they might, there is no argument.  fatbuckel   Nov-24-10 02:56 PM   #22 
     - its funny how I heard  AsahinaKimi   Nov-24-10 04:57 PM   #38 
  - By that view point. I hope you don't drive a car or live your life outside a bubble.  redirish28   Nov-24-10 02:50 PM   #18 
  - Who says this makes you safe?  Hissyspit   Nov-24-10 03:10 PM   #23 
  - Go hide under your bed then. You'll be safe there. nt  14thColony   Nov-24-10 03:11 PM   #24 
  - Does the 4th amendment mean anything to you?  Bragi   Nov-24-10 03:15 PM   #26 
  - Then let them START checking all the freight that goes into the.............  pattmarty   Nov-24-10 03:53 PM   #32 
  - Spoken like a true enabler  ixion   Nov-24-10 04:43 PM   #35 
  - don't worry - you will be  smiley   Nov-24-10 04:46 PM   #37 
  - Hope you will be lining up for these in courthouses, buses, trains, malls, etc.  krabigirl   Nov-24-10 06:08 PM   #41 
  - You're not safe  lbrtbell   Nov-24-10 08:08 PM   #43 
  - God, this is depressing  woo me with science   Nov-27-10 08:20 AM   #52 
  - Of course they fizzled. The people who went to the airport today  MineralMan   Nov-24-10 02:38 PM   #7 
  - The guy has a photo of an empty airport on his website.  LisaL   Nov-24-10 02:42 PM   #12 
  - So? You can find photos like that quickly with a Google image  MineralMan   Nov-24-10 02:50 PM   #17 
     - You are missing my point.  LisaL   Nov-24-10 02:51 PM   #19 
        - I missed nothing. The guy did manage to get lots of publicity for  MineralMan   Nov-24-10 02:53 PM   #21 
  - I flew today  Rebubula   Nov-24-10 02:47 PM   #15 
  - That's what I'd expect. That's how it always is at MSP and LAX,  MineralMan   Nov-24-10 02:52 PM   #20 
  - Good for you.  pecwae   Nov-24-10 03:36 PM   #30 
  - "Make drama"  lbrtbell   Nov-24-10 08:12 PM   #44 
  - So were the nude scanners active?  SnakeEyes   Nov-25-10 12:22 AM   #46 
  - Remember, though. This is only first batch of screeners in 68 Airports and  KoKo   Nov-24-10 03:29 PM   #28 
  - Actually, from accounts I've read they've dialed back using the scanners today.  Matariki   Nov-24-10 02:39 PM   #9 
  - Just spoke to my daughter at the Denver airport  rainbow4321   Nov-25-10 12:10 PM   #49 
  - Maybe there was NO organized protest to fizzle  Bragi   Nov-24-10 02:46 PM   #14 
  - And that guy was actually encouraging people not to fly at all.  LisaL   Nov-24-10 02:48 PM   #16 
     - On Monday, their numbers will be cr@p, watch. n/t  EFerrari   Nov-24-10 03:13 PM   #25 
        - I will be interested to know the numbers.  The abyss   Nov-24-10 03:30 PM   #29 
  - because people are not idiots  Skittles   Nov-24-10 03:21 PM   #27 
  - It fizzled because...  SnakeEyes   Nov-24-10 03:45 PM   #31 
  - Interesting link - thanks for posting that one  The abyss   Nov-24-10 04:46 PM   #36 
  - Yep. Talked to a couple of people and they said the machines were off at US Airways in LAX.  krabigirl   Nov-24-10 06:09 PM   #42 
  - K & R. n/t  truedelphi   Nov-24-10 04:17 PM   #33 
  - Of course there were no wide spread protest...It was the Press trying to start...  SkyDaddy7   Nov-24-10 04:31 PM   #34 
  - Polls came out before most even knew/know what's going on  SnakeEyes   Nov-25-10 12:16 AM   #45 
     - There was no change in policy! The TSA did what they have been doing for weeks!  SkyDaddy7   Nov-25-10 08:33 AM   #47 
  - self-delete.  AsahinaKimi   Nov-24-10 05:12 PM   #39 
  - It's because the people who don't like these measures are not flying.  krabigirl   Nov-24-10 06:07 PM   #40 
  - TSA tooting it's own horn. Of course their spin is that it fizzled.  lunatica   Nov-25-10 09:24 AM   #48 
  - Zero surprise, dumb thing to try when people just want to be with their families.  Exultant Democracy   Nov-25-10 02:18 PM   #50 
  - Boo! Americans Have No Principle.  Anakin Skywalker   Nov-27-10 08:15 AM   #51 
  - I'm the opposite of most people..  jamiefoxer   Nov-27-10 11:44 AM   #53 

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