November 24th, 2010
09:16 AM ET

Pyongyang: Koreas on 'brink of war' because of Seoul

North Korea on Wednesday blamed South Korea for driving them "to the brink of war," a day after the North shelled a South Korean island and killed four people.

South Korea provoked the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by holding a military drill off their shared coast in the Yellow Sea, North Korea said.

Pyongyang made the accusation through its state media, referring to a military drill that Seoul holds every year.


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November 24th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

TSA chief responds to 'Opt Out' protest

The man in charge of those full-body scanners and pat downs tells American Morning how the TSA is bracing for the busiest travel day of the year.

TSA Administrator John Pistole spoke to AM’s John Roberts from Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport.

He responds to protesters who are opting out of the scans over health and privacy concerns. And, Pistole says he willing to meet with the cancer survivor who was humiliated and embarrassed by a TSA pat down earlier this month.

November 24th, 2010
08:01 AM ET

Airport security protest leader: Abandon 'security theater'

Flying out of Philly? You might bump into James Babb, co-founder of

He’s at Philadelphia International Airport this morning, representing one of several grassroots organizations leading "National Opt Out Day” - a protest of Transportation Security Administration's full-body scanners and pat-down procedures. Babb has never gone through a full-body scan or pat down, but he says travelers should refuse to be searched because the scanners hurt health. He said they should also protest in the name of  privacy, calling security screeners "gropers." Here's what you should know about security procedures at the airport.

Babb spoke with American Morning Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.

"I want us to have the best security possible," Babb says. "That means we have to abandon the security theater, and we have to bring in common sense. What they're doing right now is for show. It's actually creating a false sense of security. It could make passengers less vigilant."

A recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows most frequent travelers are not bothered by the new TSA scanners, and the majority are willing to giving up personal privacy if it means they'll be safe.

So, which side are you on? If you’re headed to the airport, will you "opt out?" Send your answer to CNN's iReport.

Filed under: Air travel
November 24th, 2010
07:34 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

Continuing coverage - Thanksgiving travel concerns

9:30 am ET - NYSE opening bell - Macy’s officials join the “Minions” from the film “Despicable Me” in ringing the opening bell on Wall Street.

10:30 am ET - Thanksgiving turkey pardon - The president will participate in the pardoning of the turkey ceremony at the White House. Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

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