Nov. 24: The Day to Say 'Hell No' to Body Scans

Protest could clog airports on busiest travel day
By Steve Vivian,  Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2010 3:59 PM CST Posted Nov 16, 2010 3:59 PM CST
Promoted on Newser Nov 16, 2010 5:52 PM CST
Nov. 24 is National Opt Out Day for Body Scans
This image provided by L3 Communications shows two full-body scans using a ProVision millimeter wave machine. (AP Photo/L3 Communications)   (AP)

A group of organizers angry about full-body scans is sticking with its plan to snarl airport congestion on one of the busiest travel days of the year—the day before Thanksgiving. National Opt-Out Day encourages passengers to opt out of the scans and choose the more time-consuming pat-downs instead. The idea is to pressure Congress into better protecting passenger privacy, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Despite all the recent hubbub, a recent CBS poll found 81% of Americans have no issue with the use of full-body scanners at airports. Still, if you're interested in joining in on the protest, Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic offers this advice to send an especially pointed message: Wear a kilt, sans underwear. "If nothing else, this will cause TSA employees to throw up their hands in disgust." (Read more airport security stories.)

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