While everyday day is opt-out day for the Weekly Flyer family, I am interested in what will happen now that this is National opt-out week. It is an interesting choice of weeks being one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, the week of Thanksgiving.
Interestingly enough, I just happen to be flying this week. The alternative aggressive pat-down is not pleasant and especially now that TSA agents are using the front’s of their hands rather than just the back of their hands. I wonder if the national opt-out day will prompt the TSA to re-think the back scatters and the way that they conduct themselves in general.
For example, just last week, a gentleman opted out in Atlanta’s F Terminal TSA security line. He politely opted out with no confrontation. The TSA agent then proceeded to attempt to scare him into the scanner by letting him know in a stern voice that he’ll receive an enhanced pat down where his “sensitive areas will be touched” repeatedly. Really, a simple notification of what will happen during the opt out would have worked. I took it as an obvious attempt to scare him into submission of the scanner.
In thinking about Baby Weekly Flyer, how could the one explain to a child that no one should touch others in sensitive areas, but that it is “ok” if the government does?
That being said, I am not “ok” with government-approved-groping with the fronts of hands, backs of hands or whatever.
If you are traveling on Wednesday, the 24th, leave yourself extra, extra time due to the Holidays, both Thanksgiving and opt-out day.
Interested to hear what you are going to do if you travel during opt-out week. Are you going to opt-out or not?