Airport authorities urge travelers to follow rules

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November 22, 2010, 9:52 pm
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(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) - Take one of the busiest, make that most frustrating travel days of the year and make it even worse. That's the aim of a possible boycott of those full body security scans that have lots of people upset because they fear radiation and an invasion of privacy.

National Opt Out Day, as it is being called suggests that travelers should refuse the scans and instead undergo pat downs, which take much, much, more time. If that happens-flights could be missed and holiday's ruined.

Tom Kinton/Massport: "Let's continue to have the debate but let's not act up in the middle of an airport security line that's the wrong thing to do in this day and age."

The security ramp up comes as we approach a full year since the attempted underwear bombing of an airliner in Detroit on Christmas day. All of this has fueled an international debate that has frustrated officials and passengers at the same time yielding fodder for late night TV.

The machines, which are brand new, are already slated for changes. A planned software update will transform the full body images into stick figures and scientists at Northeastern University are working on an application that will allow screeners to do their jobs with no image at all…the computer will do all the work.

Prof Carey Rappaport/Northeastern University: "The image is created for the computer, then the computer models based on that and gives a red light or a green light."

In the meantime airport security officials admit that there is plenty of room for improvement.

Tom Kinton/Massport: "This is one of the front line defense mechanisms to deal with terrorism and you know do I like it? No. But is it necessary? Yes."

Tags: Scot Yount, TSA, full body scanners, airport screening
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