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Does Travel + TSA = Traveling Trauma?

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Immediately prior to one of the heaviest travel days of the year, there are a multitude of people crying ‘Foul’ on the increased Travel Security Administration security (TSA) measures.  The overall response has said the ‘enhanced pat-downs’ simply go too far.  In cities all across the country, we are seeing stories of distress and claims of near trauma.

While the public outcries are loud and internet videos are plentiful, the TSA has said that it has no intention of changing the invasive pat-downs. In fact, they declare this should have been happening already to protect our country.  It is not what most airline passengers want to hear, going by the polls.

In an effort to drive their discontent home, there has been talk brewing of a ‘National Opt Out’ day that could cause extremely long delays at some airports.  If a passenger Opts Out of a body scan is when the more enhanced pat-down will occur.  This boycott possibility has not only travelers on edge, but the TSA employees who will be working as well as other airport security.

The Transportation Security Administration says there currently are 385 full-body scanners now in use at 68 airports U.S. airports.  John Pistole, TSA Chief, says they intend to have all hands on deck this week.  He expresses concern over the discussion of a body scan boycott, citing the delays it will cause other passengers simply trying to reach their destinations.  His recommendation?  Arrive early and plan on more time before your flight.

While the guidelines won’t change, the TSA has made an adjustment that exempts working pilots from the body scans.  There is also ongoing discussion regarding extending the same type of exemption to some government officials, due to the fact they have already been vetted for higher security clearance through certain government agencies.

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