Monday, November 22, 2010

Security protest could disrupt Thanksgiving travel

Michael Tarm
Associated Press

CHICAGO — As if air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday isn't tough enough, it could be even worse this year: Airports could see even more disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans.

Even if only a small percentage of passengers participate, experts say it could mean longer lines, bigger delays and hotter tempers.

The protest, National Opt-Out Day, is scheduled for Wednesday to coincide with the busiest travel day of the year.

"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 resulting from the body-scanner boycott.

"It doesn't take much to mess things up anyway – especially if someone purposely tries to mess it up."

Body scans take as little as 10 seconds, but people who decline the process must submit to a full pat-down, which takes much longer. That could cause a cascade of delays at dozens of major airports, including those in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

"I don't think it would take that much on the busiest day of the year to slow things down," said Gerry Berry, a Florida-based airport security expert. "If I was an airport guy, a screener, a traveler – I'd be concerned."

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Anonymous said...

Sick, pedophile TSA agents, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
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Anonymous said...

you should not fly and if you must do not subject yourself to these hitlerean tactics by the TSA aka Homeland Security aka control by the government in violation of your 4th amendment rights to unreasonable search without probable cause. Stand up for your rights. Those whom would trade freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security, Benjamin Franklin.

Anonymous said...

My beautiful american family. As beautiful as all the hues of the rainbow. Are you just now waking up? O sleeping giant, freedom is not free...... This is just the beginning. We will experience much worse, if we stay couch potatoes. Is the fluoride in the water making you that submissive? Is the fallout from the chemtrails killing that many braincells. Is un-reality tv making you that docile. Was kissinger right calling you/us "useless eaters". Are you at least a little angry yet?

Anonymous said...

I couldn't say it any better.Let's see if the sleeping giant wakes up.

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