Today Is “National Opt-Out Day”
If you’re flying out of town today you might want to head to the airport YESTERDAY! Because you may find yourself face-to-face with lines like you’ve never seen before.
By now, everyone knows about the TSA’s new screening plan. About 20% of people will be selected for full-body scans that show what’s under your clothes. You can refuse and instead get a full-contact, intimate pat-down.
So a movement started online to make today National Opt-Out Day. That means: If you get selected for a body scan, protest by saying NO and make the TSA officer pat you down instead.
The thought here is that pat-downs take longer, about four minutes, versus the body scans that take 10 seconds. And if everyone’s opting out and slowing the process down, it will send a message to the TSA and the federal government.
The choice of today for National Opt-Out Day is no coincidence… the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest and busiest travel day of the year.
If you try to opt out of the full-body scan AND the pat-down you could be facing an arrest or a fine up to $11,000, though.
You can find more info about National Opt-Out Day on http://www.optoutday.com/