Nov 26, 2010

TSA says National Opt-Out day was a bust

The TSA claims National Opt-Out day was a failure for protestors who planned to refuse the naked scanners (backscatter machines) so that TSA would give them enhanced pat downs which take longer thereby slowing down the lines.

However, many fliers claim TSA deactivated backscatter body scanners to keep lines moving without scanning and also without enhanced pat downs.

According to tweeting travelers, many backscatter and millimeter-wave AIT scanning machines at airports are not in use at all, making opting-out impossible.

Some flier comments from the link below:

Backscatter machines aren't being used at LAX. They are all roped off.

Didn't have to opt-out, not using backscatter machines for some reason.

Didn't get 'scattered; normal X-ray. In fact in the 15 min it took for us to clear NO ONE was selected for backscatter in 2 lines.

No groping no irradiation (backscatter present but not in use).

Backscatter machines all roped off at SJC.