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11-25-2010 14:30 BJT

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As the US marks the busy travel period of Thanksgiving, new airport security checks are generating controversy. But most passengers, more concerned about safety than privacy, flew in the face of calls to refuse the measures.

Lines were moving smoothly at airports around the United States on Thanksgiving eve, despite an Internet campaign that aimed to get travellers to refuse new full-body scans on one of the busiest days of the year.

The Transportation Security Administration said most travellers were willing to sacrifice a little privacy for the sake of security.

Air traveler Catherine Elkind said, "I think it's important for safety, honestly, cause, just, you know, with a lot of the stuff that has happened lately, it just seems like, you know, it's ok. It's not that big of a deal, I think."

Ronald Hagen said, "I guess I'm more concerned about the security than I am the privacy."

And there were only scattered protesters carrying signs denouncing the TSA's screening methods as unnecessarily intrusive and embarrassing.

A loosely organized effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day used fliers, T-shirts and even Scottish kilts to protest the new rules on X-ray scans and pat-downs.

As the US marks the busy travel period of Thanksgiving, new airport
security checks are generating controversy. But most passengers,
more concerned about safety than privacy, flew in the face of calls
to refuse the measures.

Can Crampton said, "They should be able to make some adjustments for people who have health problems and are embarrassed by the pat downs and whatever else they may be involved in."

A protestor Jim Sharpe, said, "We have the right to not be searched inappropriately. You have the right to travel around the country. This is a right we've enjoyed since we became a nation and you shouldn't have to, in order to exercise that right, give up other rights, namely your fourth amendment rights and be touched in inappropriate ways. It's absolutely wrong."

More than 40 million people plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, more than 1.6 million of them by air.


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