Growing Movement Takes Aim at Airport Security

Growing Movement Takes Aim at Airport Security

Growing Movement Takes Aim at Airport Security

The new full body scanners and pat downs have a lot of people up in arms about air travel, and with the holiday season quickly approaching, many travelers are asking themselves if airport security has gotten too personal.

Now there is a grass roots movement urging travelers to not submit to full body scans.  The movement is made up of a mixture of people concerned about their privacy and people who have health concerns. The health concern comes from the small amount of ionizing radiation that is used during the scan.

Concerned about the health consequences from the frequent exposure that pilots would be subjected to, the president of the U.S. Pilots Association has also urged pilots not to submit to the scans.   The director from the Center of Radiological Research at Columbia University, David Brenner, says that the risk of harmful radiation exposure is small, however.

November 24th has been declared national opt-out day by the grass root movement. Being one of the busiest travel dates of the year this opt out could cause a ton of delays.  If you opt-out from the scanners, however, you will be subject to a pat down search.

The privacy concerns aren’t as easy to dismiss for many people. The scanners have even been referred to as porno-scanners by the website “We won’t Fly”. Their main campaign is urging flyers to travel with dignity. Nearly 70 U.S. airports already have these scanners with more coming by the end of next year. With so many concerns it’s clear that this debate will not be settled soon.


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