Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TSA full-body scanners at airports supported by majority of Americans, half against pat-downs: poll

Half of Americans think the TSA pat-downs are invasive, while the majority favor full-body scanners.

Americans aren't crazy about the new airport pat-downs. But according to a new poll, nearly half still back them, with even more supporting full body scanning.
Forty-eight percent of Americans said the pat-downs are justified, while 50% said they are against the new measures, the Washington Post/ABC News survey revealed.
Meanwhile, the majority – 64% – said they supported the use of full-body scanners while 32% said they were against it.
The 385 full-body scanners being used at 68 airports across the country have sparked an outcry from flyers, who argue they're virtual strip searches because they produce invasive, intimate images of passengers.
But Washington officials have tried to quell the uproar, which has been fueled by an Internet-based campaign encouraging travelers to boycott the use of scanners on Wednesday.
There's also been a series of airport-search videos that have gone viral on the Internet, fueling criticism of the Transportation Security Administration's methods.
They include one of a young, shirtless boy refusing a pat-down at Salt Lake City's airport on Friday and another of a California man who got thrown out of a San Diego airport when he refused a full-body scan and pat-down, telling the TSA agent, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."
TSA chief John Pistole warned the planned protests could result in delays for Thanksgiving travelers.
The TSA says it can fine individuals up to $11,000 if they refuse the security process, although it has yet to make a traveler pay up.
But according to the poll, the impact of the new rules won't be detrimental on air travel. While 20% of adults say they're less likely to fly because of the new TSA procedures, 10% said they'd actually be more likely to travel by air.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/11/23/2010-11-23_tsa_fullbody_scanners_at_airports_supported_by_majority_of_americans_half_agains.html#ixzz167hBNWe6

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