Smooth Sailing For Travelers

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Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 8:53am

Feared "Opt-Out" delays fail to materialize at airports; bikini helps one traveler avoid pat-down.

It is one of the busiest travel days of the year, and this year controversy over the new TSA screening procedures had many worried about mass protests and chaos choking the system.

For the most part it's been smooth sailing through the nation's airports.

At Los Angeles International organizers handed out pamphlets as part of a push for passengers to opt out of body scanning, encouraging passengers to choose slower pat-downs instead.

In spite of the objections there were no major delays, just a few major displays.

One passenger hoping for a big impact sported a teeny bikini.

"I don't want to do a body scan, and I'm hoping by wearing a bikini they will be able to see everything they need to see and I can avoid a body pat-down as well," she said.

Most, it seems, went through screening fully clothed and cooperative.

"According to polls, most people, the majority of people think these new procedures are tolerable and are necessary for safe flight," notes Orbitz Travel Consultant Chris Hills.

Still, fears of a system slowdown did keep others completely away.

"I think because the security measures are getting more invasive I think the train is becoming more attractive," said rail passenger Shannon Boelter.

More than 42 million chose to drive.

In the end the biggest delays may be not from an internet movement, but a computer shutdown.

A glitch in Spirit Airline's system had agents hand-writing boarding passes.

Weather could ultimately throw the biggest wrench in the system as a storm moves through the Great Lakes region, threatening to slow airports more than any protest has so far.
 

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