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November 24th, 2010
04:35 PM ET

Opt-outs largely no-shows at airports

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The controversy over new security measures at airport checkpoints - which some feared would boil over Wednesday, one of the year's busiest travel days - instead didn't even reach a simmer.

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Critics had declared the day before Thanksgiving "National Opt-Out Day" and urged travelers 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 opt for the pat downs, and the Transportation Security Administration said it was as prepared as possible to deal with any resulting delays.

On Wednesday, however, no major problems or delays were reported at airports because of the protest. Many air travelers took to Twitter to say they experienced no security problems.

Organizers of the protest said their goal was never to delay travelers, but merely to urge them to stay home - or to begin a dialogue about security procedures.

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Updated: 4:35 p.m.


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  1. alicenyc

    Glad folks decided not to OPT OUT. We have to be patient and give the TSA a chance to improve the way they screen. Yes complain to them so they fix the problems. But don't put Americans at risk because you fear cancer 20 years from now when you should fear terroist now. Lets work together fellow Americans please. We have choices, train, plane, automobile or just enjoy staying home.

    November 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |