November 24th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Opt-outs largely no-shows at airports

The controversy over new security measures at airport checkpoints - which some feared would boil over on Wednesday, one of the year's busiest travel days - instead didn't even reach a simmer.

Critics had declared the day before Thanksgiving "National Opt-Out Day" and urged travelers who are selected to undergo full body scans to refuse to subject themselves to the advanced imaging technology.

Anyone who refuses a scan is checked instead by the more time-consuming "enhanced" pat-down procedure. Security lines at busy airports nationwide could be snarled if a large number of people opted for the pat downs, and the Transportation Security Administration said it was as prepared as possible to deal with any resulting delays.

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  1. Cesar

    AHEAD OF THE CURVE. Scanning for air travel required.

    November 25, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. teaPARTYdemocrat

    This was just an attempt by faux news and the right to disrupt air travel so they could blame Obama. Would you feel the same if a Timothy McVey was sitting next to you who had not been searched or scanned.

    November 25, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. NoDoubt

    I don't get what all the fuss is about. I left New Orleans yesterday and they had the full-body scan along with the metal detector, but what was weird was that not everyone was subject to the full-body scan. As I passed the metal detector, the security personnel just waved me on to get my things. I kind of stood there for a moment confused, then was on my way. Maybe I look too much like a soccer mom to be dangerous.

    November 25, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. SouthCarolinaboy

    People did just forget 911....So what if they pat us down. Pick your poision pat down or hi-jacked plane. The news has really blown this out of scope.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Solitaire

    It just seems that if flying in a commercial airplane is so dangerous as to justify these draconian measures on domestic flights... why fly? We have trains. We have roads. Nobody is gonna feel u up and the fares are cheaper. Take some time and take the train! It's fun~!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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