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So Was National Opt-Out Day a Bust?

With no reports of long lines, irrate passengers, or an estimated number of passengers opting-out giving TSA more headaches then they can handle, some are left wondering ... what happened? Did they just not have the guts?

Or maybe this will shed some light ....

Turns out many people left twitters of their experience today flying, and according to countless numbers of flyers PLANNING on opting-out .... the scanners were turned off and TSA was not patting anyone down. So what happened? Did TSA pull this stunt in order to keep the actual number of protesters a mystery? Are they planning on turning them back on?

According the website above, DHS/TSA has no issued a statement regarding the conspicuously absent "enhanced security procedures."


Asked by Gal51 at 9:20 PM on Nov. 24, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    Yeah, it looks like they turned the scanners off.


    Answer by BridgetC140 at 8:25 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • So was public safety not important today?

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:09 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • All I know is in Pittsburgh Intl. there were little to noone opting out of the scans... I can't speak for other Airports, but the lack of protest here actually was a HUGE news story...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:23 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • But if the scanners were turned off and the pat downs discontinued, then there would be nothing to protest too.

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 9:34 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • Interesting..

    Answer by Izsarejman at 9:37 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • Zero lines at NM SJ International in CA, and no additional screening


    Answer by Sisteract at 9:43 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • I dunno, like I said, according to our news no one was opting out.. But they were still putting people through the scanners, so on or not, no one knew they weren't on...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:53 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • Just another momentary fad given excessive attention by the media. It is remarkable how a small minority can grab media attention these days so that unimportant people and issues get hyped up way beyond their significance.

    Answer by janet116 at 11:15 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • Our news said it pretty much was. People want to get home to their families. They don't want to miss their flight cause their stuck in line over someone's protest.

    Answer by sopranomommy at 11:01 AM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • I don't think so .... I believe TSA turned off the scanners and didn't do pat downs in order to keep the protesters from protesting. Think about it ... if there was a huge visual uproar from passengers bucking the system, and TSA has no legal grounds to hold any of them (which they don't), then it would inspire more people to refuse these security measures, and TSA would loose in a heartbeat. But if it appears that people are willing to submit for the sake of avoiding the hassle of a protest, then TSA wins.

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 11:06 AM on Nov. 25, 2010