Passengers Unmoved by Protests Against Scan
Sounds like National Opt-Out Day was a dud.
ATLANTA — Americans celebrated National Opt-Out Day in relative quiet on Wednesday, partaking peacefully in the traditional running of the airport security line, even when that tradition included full-body scans and pat-downs.
The Web-driven protest campaign encouraging holiday fliers to opt out of the body scanners and choose the more time-consuming and physical pat-downs passed largely unobserved in key airports around the country.
Lines moved fairly quickly at security checkpoints, passengers generally refrained from complaint, and the chaos and congestion anticipated by many in the news media and feared by many travelers did not materialize. As for the new security measures, travelers for the most part accepted them with resignation or indifference.
The extensive news coverage beforehand, and the promise of gatherings around the country organized through Web sites like We Won’t Fly, seemed to foretell a little more chaos than actually occurred.
The protesters were often outnumbered by journalists, in some airports by a ratio of more than three to one.