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Fliers Fed Up With Aggressive Feel-Ups; Are You?

KHQ.COM - For 30 years, Marcia Miller has flown across the country to Toledo, Ohio, to join four generations of her family for Thanksgiving dinner. But scared off by newly ramped-up airport security measures — including full-body scans and, in some cases, "enhanced" pat downs by TSA workers — Miller has decided instead to dine alone in L.A. She is opting out. "Am I really supposed to let a total stranger rub my private parts because I bought an airplane ticket?" said Miller, who runs the jewelry and fashion website, ILoveAccessories.com. "Would you allow your daughter to be patted down by a stranger and not feel like punching the person that did it? It leaves scars... just like a rape leaves scars."

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Miller has some company in both her personal protest and her fear of the TSA's new methods.

A grassroots group of fliers who say they are fed up with airport "feel ups" and who call TSA X-ray machines "porno scanners" are cooking up a Thanksgiving Eve revolt that, they vow, will turn the nation's heaviest travel day into "holy hell."

Fueled by two new websites — OptOutDay.com and WeWontFly.com — as well as by several awkward, security-point frisking videos that recently went viral, movement members are vowing to unleash a surreal spate of Nov. 24 disruptions just as millions of Americans fly off for annual family feasts. Atop the protesters' tactical list: urging passengers to "opt out" of full-body scans, forcing TSA employees to instead administer "enhanced," hand-sliding, pat downs that can include feeling a person's inner thighs and buttocks.

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