If standing up to the government and inadvertently ruining holidays for thousands of people is your bent, you’re in luck. A rogue activist committed to protesting the use of full-body scanners in airports has decreed Wednesday, November 24, 2010, as National Opt-Out Day.
All you have to do on November 24 is tell the TSA official manning your security checkpoint that no, you don’t wanna go through the scanner, get your dangly bits photographed and sent away to federal agents who, despite promises to the contrary, are saving these images for purposes unknown.
Opting out is well within your legal rights, but …
“The Transportation Security Administration recently announced that passengers who opt out of body scanners at airport security checkpoints would be required to undergo an enhanced physical pat-down that would include agents using open hands and fingers to touch and press chest and groin areas of passengers. In the past, agents were instructed to use the backs of their hands for pat-downs,” Wired reports.
Prefer hardcore molestation without the free dinner? Sounds like opting out is for you.
Oh, and November 24 is the day before Thanksgiving—one of the busiest travel days of the year. That means anyone who chooses to dodge those full-body radiation sarcophagi of X-rated mayhem will gum up the security line quicker than an artery after a McRib sandwich.
“The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent. This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly,” the website, which was set up by Brian Sodegren, reads.
Sodegren also writes, “You should never have to explain to your children, ‘Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK,'” which I find hilarious.
National Opt-Out Day won’t fly (bad pun intended). As much as people should be wary of full-body scanners and the shady data-collecting Feds, I highly doubt the average air traveler is keen on forfeiting Thanksgiving.
If you’d prefer the quieter approach (and one less likely to get you murdered by an angry mob), the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is holding a TSA oversight hearing on Wednesday, November 17. Call your senator!