Patt Morrison for November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving travelers call it a turkey – carving to the truth of the TSA body scanning madness

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A sign at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint instructs passengers about the use of the full-body scanner.

Despite the fact that only 69 of the United States’ 450 airports actually have the controversial advanced imaging security scanners, thousands of ticked off, ticket-holding, Thanksgiving travelers are planning on opting-out of getting their back (and front) side scanned this holiday eve. It seems that each year as travel picks up so does the attention paid to the TSA and threat of travel-targeted terrorist attacks. The ACLU has received more than 600 complaints in the last three weeks from individuals about the pat down procedures they were subjected to either because they opted out of going through the scanner or because they set off an alarm while in it. More than 4 million passengers travel through LAX in a given month. Are the cases being reported merely extreme examples or examples of unacceptable and extreme violation?


Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President at the RAND Corporation and author of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?

Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of the book Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror

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