Sure, You Can Opt Out of Airport Screening—But You Won’t Be Allowed on A Plane
November 17, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) – Next week, angry travelers are planning to participate in an “opt out day,” during which they’ll refuse to allow airport screeners to give them an invasive pat-down or perform a full body scan. While it’s perfectly within a person’s right to forego the screening, it’s also going to keep those travelers from getting on their flights, the Washington Post reports.
TSA Administrator John Pistole said yesterday that security concerns are paramount—and trump complaints that the new screenings are invasive, the Post notes. If a traveler refuses to undergo a search on religious grounds, the TSA respects that person’s beliefs, but “that person’s not going to get on an airplane,” Pistole said.
Next Wednesday—which, as the day before Thanksgiving, is one of the year’s busiest travel days—is being promoted as “opt-out day,” and supporters claim that they are refusing the scans on that day to promote other potential security methods that do not “constitute an unreasonable search.” Currently, passengers at 453 American airports may be randomly selected for full-body scans; if they refuse, they can get an “enhanced pat-down” instead, the Post reports.