Opt-Outs Are No-Shows: TSA

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 PM PDT
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Activist Lori Lamb distributes stickers to travelers to protest against TSA's new security procedures at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. Holiday travelers dismayed by airport body scans planned protests at bustling airports Wednesday, while the head of the nation's transport security agency urged passengers to comply with searches to reduce the possibility of delays on one of the busiest travel days of the year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Opt-Outs Are No-Shows

Airports like San Diego s Lindbergh Field saw very few passengers opt out.

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The lines of Thanksgiving travelers moved smoothly at Lindbergh Field on Wednesday despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

Airports like San Diego’s Lindbergh Field saw very few passengers opt out.

And there were only scattered protesters -- including, presumably, a man seen walking around the Salt Lake City airport in a skimpy, Speedo-style bathing suit, and a woman reported to be wearing a bikini in Los Angeles.

After days of tough talk on the Internet and warnings of possible delays, some passengers decided to go to the airport especially early and were pleasantly surprised.

A loosely organized effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day planned to use fliers, T-shirts and, in one case, a Scottish kilt to highlight what some call unnecessarily intrusive security screenings. The screenings have been lampooned on "Saturday Night Live" and mocked on T-shirts, bumper stickers and underwear emblazoned "Don't Touch My Junk," from a line uttered by Oceanside’s John Tyner who objected to a pat-down on Nov. 13. He was quickly followed by San Diegan Samuel Wolanyk who stripped down to his underwear in an attempt to avoid the pat-down procedure on Nov. 19.

More than 40 million people plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA, with more than 1.6 million flying -- a 3.5 percent increase from last year.
 

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