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Thanksgiving Travelers Face Full Body Scans

Runways and interstates are hopping as folks rush to get home or get out of town in time to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.

Many fliers are encountering full body scans and intensive pat downs for the first time on this, the busiest travel day of the year.

"You put your arms up when it's cued and a cicrle thing goes around you and that's it."

Broadway actress Worth Williams and her husband flew out of Newark bright and early Wednesday morning and experienced the controversial full body scan for themselves for the first time.

"I have no problem doing what is necessary to keep things safe. It wasn't violating at all," said Worth Williams Hages.

"I think there's a line. These may come pretty close to it, but if it's necessary to be safe," Michael Hages said.

Approximately 70 airports across the country are now requiring passengers to go through these full body scans. Some call it an invasion of privacy, others a radiation threat, and the thorough pat downs for those who opt-out are raising plenty of eyebrows themselves.

"They were really kind of intrusive with that. They were really pattin' 'em down pretty well, so I prefer the scan.," said Sylvia Coleman who was randomly selected to go through the full body scanner at Newark this morning.

"I fly quite a bit but I just want to be safe. So they can frisk everybody on the plane. That's good with me," said Cedric Bryant who had just arrived from Kansas City.

"It wasn't anything very revealing, but I mean if I had anything to show, it's okay. It's totally fine with me," said Christine Chen, who went through the full body scanner at the airport in Raleigh Durham.

The vast majority of travelers we spoke with at Tallahassee Regional Airport don't have any problem with the new scan. These students say they expected lengthy delays because of it delays which never materialized.

"We actually went through a lot faster than we expected, which was nice," Diana Zheng said of her trip from Raleigh Durham.


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