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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-10 03:13 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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