Nov 25, 2010

TSA turned off scanners to avoid opt-out delays

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that the threatened opt-out didn't happen as huge numbers of passengers moved through most airports with few problems.

Anticipating nationwide protests against naked body scanners and pat-downs, the TSA may have simply turned off the naked body scanners on Wednesday.

The busiest air travel day of the year turned out to be a model of efficiency at most airports despite the opt-out threat.

Large numbers of air travelers allowed to walk right through security checkpoints without being subjected to explicit scanners or enhanced patdowns.

All across the country, air travelers are reporting that the TSA simply deactivated the naked body scanners and let people go right through without a scan.

“Backscatter scanners are off. No scan. No pat down.” reported a traveler from the Seattle airport. “Backscatter machines aren’t being used at LAX,” reported another traveler. “They’re all roped off.”

Much the same story was being reported all across the country.