According to NJ.com, at Newark Liberty’s Terminal B — the airport’s international terminal — none of the passengers going through security this morning had to pass through a full-body scanner, or receive a full pat down. They were screened through standard procedures.
While these folks might have gotten by with a bit less security scrutiny this morning, the new body scan procedures are causing an uproar amongst some air travelers, prompting a proposed national boycott of the full-body scans for today. There are many questions about the whether the new scanners are a violation of privacy, civil liberties and possibly harmful.
The body scans, which show a naked (albeit sketchy) image of the passenger, take about 10 seconds, but people who decline the scan get a more time-consuming full pat-down by the Transportation Security Administration.
Even if a small number of passengers opt out of the scan, experts say it will mean longer lines at security checkpoints.
NJ.com says that TSA Administrator John Pistole urged the flying public not to join the boycott, warning that widespread participation in the planned protest of the controversial screening technology could cause holiday travel problems for everyone.
Last week, documented by a cell phone video that went viral on YouTube, a 31 year old software programmer was thrown out of San Diego International Airport when he refused to go through with the full body pat down. In the video, John Tyner can be heard telling the TSA agent that “I don’t understand how sexual assault can be made a condition of me flying.”
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