TSA Chief: Body-Scan Boycott Could Cause Long Airport Delays - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

TSA Chief: Body-Scan Boycott Could Cause Long Airport Delays

ATLANTA - Despite tough talk on the Internet, there was little if any indication of a passenger revolt at many major U.S. airports Tuesday, with very few people declining the X-ray scan that can peer through their clothes. Those who refuse the machines are subject to a pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest.

Many travelers said that the scans and the pat-down were not much of an inconvenience, and that the stepped-up measures made them feel safer and were, in any case, unavoidable.

"Whatever keeps the country safe, I just don't have a problem with," Leah Martin, 50, of Houston, said as she waited Monday to go through security at the Atlanta airport.

At New York's LaGuardia Airport early Tuesday, Jeannine St. Amand got a pat-down in front of her husband and two children. The 45-year-old from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, figured she got one because the underwire of her bra tripped the metal detector.

"It's hard to remember all the restrictions. Next time, I'll wear a different bra," she said.

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She opted to have the pat-down in public rather than private and said it was professional and done by a female agent.

"She tells you ahead of time what she is going to do, which is a good thing because that could be awkward," St. Amand said.

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