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.

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