Nov. 24 Declared "Opt-Out Day" for Intrusive Airport Body Scanners

The website has been launched to encourage travelers to refuse to go through body scanners at airports on November 24 (one of the busiest travel days of the year) and instead choose to have a pat-down in public view, to help the public "see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens."

The use of body scanners has been widely criticized as a potential violation of privacy. In fact, the U.S. Marshals Service recently admitted that at least one scanning checkpoint in Florida had stored tens of thousands of naked-passenger images, which are supposed to be immediately deleted.

The other option, an "enhanced pat-down," isn't much better, unfortunately, as it involves touching people's breasts and genitals in public view -- which is humiliating, if not outright molestation. was launched by Brian Sodegren, an "ordinary citizen who is concerned about what is happening" and who "wanted to provide an educational platform and outlet to highlight what is going on." From his website:

It's the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an "enhanced pat down" that touches people's breasts and genitals. You should never have to explain to your children, "Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it's a government employee, then it's OK."  

The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we're guilty until proven innocent. This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.

Read more at Raw Story.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 11, 2010, 5:15am

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