Friday, November 12, 2010 at 12:21PM
Flying this Thanksgiving? Then you might consider taking part in another holiday: National Opt-out Day.
The founders of the National Opt-out Day movement are encouraging members of the traveling public to opt-out of advanced imaging technology screening on November 24 (the day before Thanksgiving). Instead, they say, undergo a full-body pat-down, in front of other passengers to allow "every citizen [to] see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens."
What's the point of staging this protest (and on one of the busiest travel days of the year)? The website explains:
The government should not have the ability to virtually strip search anyone it wants. If you don't like it and don't want to be virtually strip searched, then too bad says the government. To try and make everyone comply with the naked body scanners, the government has made the alternative worse! With their enhanced pat downs, there are reports from travelers that TSA now touches the genitals and private areas of men, women and children in a much more aggressive manner. We do not believe the government has a right to see you naked or aggressively feel you up just because you bought an airline ticket.