No evidence of passenger revolt over airport body scans
posted by Chris Oswalt
6:46 AM, Nov 23, 2010
8:00 AM, Nov 23, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) - Despite tough talk on the Internet, there was little if any
indication of a passenger revolt at many major U.S. airports, with
very few people declining the X-ray scan that can peer through
their clothes. Those who refuse the machines are subject to a
pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest.
Many travelers said Monday that the scans and the pat-down were
not much of an inconvenience, and that the stepped-up measures made
them feel safer and were, in any case, unavoidable.
"Whatever keeps the country safe, I just don't have a problem
with," Leah Martin, 50, of Houston, said as she waited to go
through security at the Atlanta airport.
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole
pleaded with Thanksgiving travelers for understanding and urged
them not to boycott full-body scans on Wednesday. It would only
snarl what is already one of the busiest, most stressful flying
days of the and would only "tie up people who want to go home and
see their loved ones," he said.
"We all wish we lived in a world where security procedures at
airports weren't necessary," he said, "but that just isn't the