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. brian d

    lmao........ so much for opt out day what did they lose maybe a couple hundred ppl out of the millions that still flew TY TSA for keeping us safe

    November 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • stewiejr

      It might be a little premature to conclude anything from this. Reports are coming out from a few links off the drudge report and other places saying many of the body scanning machines were either not used or even turned off. Opt-outs were therefor not even possible and travel would have obviously gone much more quickly. It also raises the question of how important are these scanners if they can go unused on the busiest travel day. I would like to see CNN cover this.

      November 25, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Veritas

    Grow up people get scanned and keep our air travel safe!

    November 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime Lewis

      i agree. This has been a non-story from the beginning. That's what happens when we have a slow news week.


      November 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wallyann

    scanning and x-ray's do not keep us safe--if so, the Israeli's would have implemented the system--anyone who think's what tsa is doing will keep us safe is, either delusional or stupid-these things will not dissuade the terriorists, only make them more creative--we can learn a lot about safety from the Israeli's--I suggest we ask them-

    November 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cynthia anderson

    get scanned or dont fly tsa thanks

    November 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Russel A. Long

    Another media farce that tried to make something out of nothing! Always talking to those who scream the loudest instead of listening to what is really going on around them.

    November 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. uncle U sama

    Thats right let the TSA make sure you don't even have a nail clipper. So when the terrorists take the next plane they'll be sure nobody can resist them in any way..

    November 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CaptainObvious

    @wally: I agree completely about Israel. They interview every passenger multiple times from that person's arrival through boarding. I still don't object to body scans though and I'm sure the Israeli's still use some electronic screening. Israel probably doesn't have nearly enough volume of people flying for all the interviews to make sense here. We have so many airports with so many people flying at one time that it would take forever to interview that many people. I also find it funny that the "don't touch my junk" crowd chose to get on their flights more quickly than get their 15 minutes of Youtube fame. I still think pilots and crew should be checked like everyone else.

    November 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    Prisons have much more comprehensive scanning technology and intrusive search methods for visitors, and contraband still gets through. No level of security that the public will accept (body cavity searches, anyone?) will keep someone who is both clever and determined from carrying out harmful intentions.

    Unless you can disprove the statement above, these new scanners and pat-downs CANNOT be said to increase our safety in the least. What happened to "give me liberty or give me death"? You sheep.

    November 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoDoubt

      How is going through pat downs/ scans infringing on your rights? I agree its not failsafe at all, but as long as they aren't sticking a probe where the sun don't shine, I don't see what the fuss is about.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. CaptainObvious

    @JL: so you suggest they do nothing? No screenings at all? Nobody is infringing on your "liberty" to see the world. If they did nothing at all then you'd hear many people whining about their incompetent government. It sounds like you want your liberty and death served to you at the same time. I'm good on that philosophy, but thanks though.

    November 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sgt. Slaughter

    Hand out the .9mm handguns to all passengers

    Then collect them back when the flight is over

    Just like 3D glasses at the movie theater

    November 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. eeee

    White people whining as usual nothing gets accomplished

    November 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cowboy

    this is another obama administration big brother taking over the people's liberty.. riddle me this.. why do pilots have to go thru security? do they need a boxcutter to take over the plane.. they are flying the plane if they want to crash it they don't need the boxcutter to take over the plane..

    November 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dgatwood

    As I posted in the main story, these statistics are garbage. The airports with the most egregious overuse of scanners (SJC, for example, which now uses these things for primary screening of approximately half of all passengers) SHUT DOWN their scanners today, according to Gizmodo, and airports with the highest passenger volume screened many, many fewer passengers with advanced imaging than they normally do. This resulted in much lower opt-out numbers than would otherwise have occurred.

    November 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. norma

    Hey if we all look at the pictures of the scans every pic I have seen looks the same 1 male and 1 female. if your not doing anything illegal like carrying something inside you then why worry. i gave 8 years of my life protecting our country and I Truly feel US NEEDS TO QUIT WORRYING ABOUT COUNTRIES LIKE AFGHANISTAN WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THEY ARE AND TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN COUNTRY. LIKE CHILDREN PUT ON MEDS BECUASE FAMILY SERVICES LABELS THEM ADHD BUT REALLY ITS POST TRAUMA STRESS DISORDER BEING RIPPED FROM WHERE THEY FEEL SAFE AND LOVED ALL THEIR LIFE BECUASE CASEWORKERS LIE AND WANTS THEIR BONUS FOR ADOPTING OUT A CHILD

    November 24, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. duke

    Phuck Israel!!
    Stop following this right-wing dribble,anything to ensure obama fails!!
    If the eavesdropping/mail opening bush administration had implemented this system,you'd be called every name in the book on faux news!!dribble plain and simple

    November 25, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
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