Travelers 'Opt Out' of invasive full-body screens

November 24, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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(AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)
A passenger goes through a full-body scan at O'Hare International Airport.

The day before Thanksgiving is generally one of the heaviest air travel days in the year and the new full-body screening methods will probably make the security lines slower. The Transportation Security Administration says such measures are necessary. But their alleged overly enthusiastic searches have led to "Saturday Night Live" parodies.

Organizations like wewontfly.com and flywithdignity.org aren’t having it – they’re calling for a "National Opt-Out Day."

Eight Forty-Eight took calls, emails and tweets from listeners.

To help weigh in on privacy and security, Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the Illinois ACLU joined the conversation.  Also part of the discussion is transportation expert Professor Joe Schwieterman,  a transportation expert and a Professor at DePaul University’s School of Public Service.

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