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New TSA Rules in Affect

By: CBS
By: CBS

More than 42 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving. Most by car but more than one-and-a-half million Americans will be flying. New TSA travel rules are in effect.

Airports and travelers are bracing for possible backlash on the busiest travel day of the year.

Protesters against heightened new security measures are calling on passengers to "opt out" of full body scans demanding time consuming pat downs instead.

"I really don't understand why they would do that," said passenger Nancy Currie.

"When they see how long it takes to do the pat-downs they will probably prefer the scan," said Monique Walcott.

But the organizer of the so-called National Opt Out Day insists officials have gone too far.

"How much are we willing to let the government poke and prod us and are we willing to let them see under our clothes just because we bought a plane ticket," said organizer Brian Sodergren.

Just last week, a CBS news poll showed 81 percent of Americans favored full body screeners. But this week, in another poll: only 64 percent supported them and half opposed pat downs.

TSA head John Pistole says the agency is working with security experts to try to make pat-downs less invasive while just as thorough. But for now, the procedures will stay put.

"I don't have any concerns at all,” said one passenger. “It's never that invasive to me."

In fact, Homeland Security reported Tuesday that 99 percent of passengers singled out for a scanning agree to it rather than undergo a pat down.

And as the holiday rush pushes into overdrive... it appears a majority of travelers won't let the TSA's watchful eye keep them from seeing their loved ones.


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