The big Opt-Out looked like a big bust Wednesday as Thanksgiving travelers around the country patiently submitted to full-body scans and pat-down searches rather than create havoc on one of the busiest flying days of the year.
The lines moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday afternoon despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.
Air travel this holiday season might also be more difficult. The Transportation Security Administration has come under fire for new body scanners and what some say are highly invasive airport pat-downs. Those changes have yet to land at the Grand Forks airport, but are likely to come soon.
That built-in conflict is at the heart of a growing backlash against the TSA for ordering travelers to step before a full-body scanner that sees through their clothing, undergo a potentially invasive pat-down or not fly at all.
The St. Cloud Regional Airport is losing its federal security equipment, despite attempts to attract another airline.
September 15, 2010
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