On busiest travel day, mixed reviews for body scanners

Travelers came out early to Philadelphia International Airport to try to beat the holiday travel rush.  WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports patience was rewarded at security checkpoints.


For many people, Thanksgiving weekend is the only time they’ll travel visit family and friends.  And with new security measures at Philadelphia International Airport, people came out early to beat the crowds.  Among them was Shawn Collins who says extra security didn’t bother him and his girlfriend.


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“We’re fine with the scanning if you want to go through the scanning we’re fine with that makes it faster makes sure people are safe.”


Not everyone agrees.  James Babb wants people to boycott the new full body scanners to protest them and the alternative full body patdown.


“It’s not to gum up security, but if it slows up the groping line maybe the TSA will make a change.”


John Hickman says he doesn’t mind a full body scan but urges security officials to be selective.


“It bothers me for others ladies, children, for me it’s whatever.”

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