National body scanner "Opt Out Day" could cause travel delays - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

National body scanner "Opt Out Day" could cause travel delays

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - More than a million and a half people nationwide will fly this holiday season - an increase over last year.

But it may take you a little bit longer than usual to get through security thanks to a national protest.

Today is "National Opt Out Day," where organizers are calling for you to opt out of going through the full body scanners, like those at RIC, and instead use the enhanced patdown.

This is the first year that enhanced security pat down screenings are causing quite an uproar.

Just last year, during the busy holiday season, an accused underwear bomber got on a plane with a bomb on his body.

Reacting to that, the TSA claims these full body scans and pat downs are necessary.

But a national movement - to say no to full body scans - could hamper your travel plans.

Airport leaders at RIC know about the planned protest and are prepared. Today, the airport will be fully staffed.

Still, many of you should prepare now for possibly unusually longer security lines at RIC.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • breaking

    1 dead, 15 hurt in mass shooting at Cincinnati nightclub

    1 dead, 15 hurt in mass shooting at Cincinnati nightclub

    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-03-26 16:29:37 GMT
    Cameo nightclub (FOX19 NOW)Cameo nightclub (FOX19 NOW)

    Cincinnati Police say one person was killed and 14 others injured when gunfire broke out at Cameo Nightclub early Sunday morning.

    More >>

    Cincinnati Police say one person was killed and 14 others injured when gunfire broke out at Cameo Nightclub early Sunday morning.

    More >>
  • Two people displaced after fire destroys Richmond home

    Two people displaced after fire destroys Richmond home

    Sunday, March 26 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-03-26 15:45:01 GMT

    Two people are being helped by the Red Cross, after a fire broke out at their Richmond home. Crews tell us the fire broke out in the 5500 block of Campbell Avenue around 10:55 this morning. When they got on scene, fire crews saw flames coming from the back of the home. They were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes. Officials say everyone got out safely, but the damage was so bad, that a man and woman living in the home have to find a new place to live.

    More >>

    Two people are being helped by the Red Cross, after a fire broke out at their Richmond home. Crews tell us the fire broke out in the 5500 block of Campbell Avenue around 10:55 this morning. When they got on scene, fire crews saw flames coming from the back of the home. They were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes. Officials say everyone got out safely, but the damage was so bad, that a man and woman living in the home have to find a new place to live.

    More >>
  • Police investigate after man found shot in leg

    Police investigate after man found shot in leg

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:26 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:26:06 GMT

    Richmond police are investigating a shooting in the city's east end after a man was shot in the leg.

    More >>

    Richmond police are investigating a shooting in the city's east end after a man was shot in the leg.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly