New Airport Screenings Upsetting Travelers

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Outrage is what a lot of people are feeling over the new airport security measures as one of the busiest travel holidays of the year approaches.

Some people are calling the new full-body scans and pat-downs an invasion of their privacy, their body and their rights.

Now, there are reports that officials are considering a change to the policy. There is also word of a protest from travelers.

Millions of people packed the nation’s airport terminals readying to fly to their destination of choice.

The question many travelers are facing is: pat-down or scan?

“Scan. [I}just don’t want to be pat-down,” Tony Tolari said.

On Monday, it was hard to find anybody at the Pittsburgh International Airport opting for the pat-down.

“I don’t want anybody groping me,” Jim Gitas said.

“I personally think I’m [going to] go for the scanner. Pat-down? I don’t want you to touching all my business like that,” Brittany Harris said.

To that end, the TSA is reviewing the entire scan and pat-down procedure in an attempt to make everything less-intrusive.

However, what’s possibly going to happen later this week has travelers worried.

An Internet movement is afoot to have travelers opt out of the scan and get the pat-down. The aim is to back things up so much that the TSA will have to get rid of the pat-down procedure.

The negative effect of the protest could possibly put travelers in a bind and make them late for their flights.

The Obama Administration is asking travelers to not take part in the protest. They have said that they are working on better ways to get travelers through the security process.

  • Robyn Scherer

    ok maybe pat downs are a bit over the top but people need to realize 2 things. First, those doing the pat downs do not want to be doing them anymore than you want it to happen.Second, people need to make a decision and either accept the saftey regulations and feel safer in the skies or do not complain when god forbid something happens. If you don’t like it don’t fly.

    • Steve

      I love the if you don’t like it don’t fly attitude. Let’s see how you feel when you need to get searched to ride a train or a bus. This government abuse needs to stop now or there will be no return. Feeling safer is not an excuse to allow the government to either grope you or look at naked images. I urge all of the people who see no issue with this intrusion to take some time and study why this control was founded the way it was and why we have a Bill of Rights.

  • latrobe50

    It’s sad that we have become such a fearful nation. I don’t fly probably never will. If we only knew whats really going on in the deep dark nations that have hated the US and Iseral For so long now. We wounldn’t come out of basements…….

  • latrobe50

    It’s sad that we have become such a fearful nation. If we only knew whats really going on in the deep dark nations that have hated the US and Iseral For so long now. We wounldn’t come out of basements…….

  • papap

    “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”. Benjamin Franklin
    This was used as a motto on the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania (1759) and is till relevant today.

  • whatgoesaround

    PEOPLE need to suck it up. i went thru the scanner last week. it take 5 seconds of ur freakin time. grow a pair folks. honestly

  • Brian Lombardo

    Personally – I will not allow my daughter (9 years old) to go through the Nude-O-Scope – nor will I allow her to be Groped in an ‘enhanced inspection’

    Jeff Martinelli – Public Affairs Manager at Pittsburgh Airport was unable to explain why Pittsburgh International still uses the TSA – The TSA is NOT mandatory; Airports can choose to supply their own security staff and systems:
    “Rep. John Mica wrote to heads of more than 150 U.S. airports, reminding airports that they have a choice and suggesting that they opt-out of TSA screening. Mica will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He wrote, “When the TSA was established, it was never envisioned that it would become a huge, unwieldy bureaucracy which was soon to grow to 67,000 employees. As TSA has grown larger, more impersonal, and administratively top-heavy, I believe it is important that airports across the country consider utilizing the opt-out provision’ and use private screening.”

  • Rj

    If I get the pat down, would it be alright if I ask the TSA person to go out for a drink before hand?

    • latrobe50

      Rj that depends on what you you look like ?LOL

  • BdS

    An issue of even greater importance is the health risk involved with the X-ray Backscatter version of the machines, which Pittsburgh chose to use. There is no such thing as safe ionizing radiation, no matter how “negligible” they claim it to be. At most risk are children and the elderly, as well as men because we carry our reproductive organs on the outside. If you plan on having children, especially heavy travelers, do yourself a favor and opt out. Keep in mind, this type of tech will penetrates 1/4″ into your tissue.

  • teacher95

    I have been scanned at the Statue of Liberty and completely (and I do mean completely) patted down at Charles de Gualle airport in Paris, and it was no big deal. I’d rather have a few uncomfortable moments and feel safer in the skies.

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